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Nigeria Airports To Heighten Security Over Planned Attacks On Facilities

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Following an alert from the ministry of aviation over planned attacks on airports, security around the nation’s airports would be beefed up.

According to a memo dated April 9, 2021, signed by Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) deputy general manager of administration and logistics, S.M. Mamman and addressed to airport chiefs of security hinted that criminal elements were already planning attacks at the airports and that the airport managers had to enact countermeasures.

This alert is coming nearly a month after dual attacks happened in Kaduna Airport on March 6, 2021, and a week later on March,14,2021, was successful with the kidnap of 10 staff of certain aviation agencies.

The memo read ;

“I am directed to convey an alert from the Ministry of Aviation regarding security threats by criminal elements against Airports in Nigeria and to request for the immediate enumeration of necessary countermeasures for the protection of Airports/Facilities under your purview”.

“Specifically, the airports top on the list for which criminals are considering carrying out attacks include those in Kaduna, Maiduguri, Sokoto, and Abuja, and Lagos amongst others. However, all airports are hereby alerted and requested to operate at a heightened threat level.”

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The airport chiefs have been directed to “submit a list of existing and additional countermeasures to address the threats, along with their cost implications where applicable”.

Reacting, the Director of Press Ministry of Aviation, James Odaudu who said he had no knowledge of the letter said however that with what has transpired in Kaduna of late, the Ministry may be aiming to forestall a recurrence of incidents that happened in Kaduna recently.

Odaudu said: “Honestly, I am not aware of the letter. Probably, it is a measure to curtail what has been witnessed in recent times especially in Kaduna Airport. I have not seen the letter and I cannot comment specifically on it.

“But, of course with what has happened in Kaduna, the Ministry is putting in place measures to guide against recurrence.”

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