… Hands Over To Police
…As NAHCO Throws Weight Behind Agency’s Action
As part of effort to rid the nation’s airports of touting and extortion, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has arrested over 90 persons, caught at both the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, carrying out nefarious activities.
The touts were arrested for various acts of illegality including Fake Covid-19 test results, touting, unauthorised entry, trespass, illegal facilitation, forgery, loitering, theft, public nuisance & arguments, amongst others.
A statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu said that some of those arrested are staff of Patovilki Nigeria Limited, Lakewood Services, NAHCO Plc, and other airport staff.
She hinted that of the number arrested, 59 were handed over to the Airport Police Command in Abuja for prosecution, while 30 were handed over to the police force in Lagos for same.
FAAN, She stated would like to use this opportunity to warn those that do not have any legitimate business at the airports, as well as airport staff carrying out illegal duties to desist from such acts, as the authority will not hesitate to arrest and hand over such individuals for prosecution.
She added that FAAN is committed to its core values of safety, security and comfort.
However, in swift reaction , the a statement signed by NAHCO spokesman, Sam Akinrinmade said that the ground handling company is in support of the action taken by FAAN
NAHCO’s reaction is contained in a statement titled, “RE: FAAN Arrests Over 90 Touts: Hands Over 89 To Police
“NAHCO is in support of the arrest of airport staff for touting and other vices. We commend the move.
NAHCO is a responsible player in the industry, as such, will not condone any form of illegality. We urge FAAN to always carry us along in this fight. The current move will in no small measure help our industry to grow as well as bring sanity to the airports.
We will however engage FAAN, to provide us the details of our personnel alleged to be involved, to enable us to activate our internal disciplinary process as we currently do not have any clue as to who is involved, when, and in what capacity,” the statement said.