…Withdraws ODCs Permanently
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria(FAAN) has banned two officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service(NIS) for extorting N8,000 from a 14-year-old girl travelling on Lufthansa Airline at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport(MMA), Lagos.
A statement issued by the Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Faithful Hope-Ivbaze , said the NIS officials were banned following the conclusion of investigation by a team of FAAN Aviation Security(AVSEC) officers commissioned to investigate the allegation.
She explained that upon investigation, the team found the allegation to be true, as the officers involved were identified with the help of footages on our Close Circuit Television(CCTV) facility and with the cooperation from the NIS.
Consequently, Hope-Ivbaze said that the officers, whose names were not mentioned were made to refund the exact amount collected from the passenger.
Similarly, the FAAN spokesperson said that the On Duty Cards(ODCs) of the affected officers were also withdrawn permanently and they have been banned from working in any Nigerian airports, to serve as deterrent to others.
“We would like to commend the mother of the child, who has confirmed receipt of the money, for deeming it fit to escalate the case, and assisting us tremendously in the course of our investigation.
“Also, we would like to express our appreciation to the Comptroller of Immigration, MMA and her team for her cooperation and support in addressing this issue,” she said.
She assured that the authority will continue to identify and sanction any airport official (including FAAN officials) extorting passengers or perpetuating any act of illegality at airports.
FAAN, she added is committed to its core values of safety, security and comfort.
Recalled that following a tweeted allegation on February 19, 2022 by the mother of a 14 year old girl travelling on Lufthansa Airline that two officials of the NIS extorted N8,000 from her daughter, a team of FAAN AVSEC officers were commissioned to investigate the allegation.