Managing director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Captain Rabiu Yadudu, has revealed the identity of the stowaway that climbed an Azman aircraft at the Lagos Airport on Friday.
Yadudu, on Saturday, at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport named the suspect as Usman Adamu from the Republic of Niger.
“The suspect, identified as Usman Adamu suspectedly of Nigerien origin, and who claimed to be residing at No 1 Araromi Street, Iyana Ipaja on the 19th July, 2019 was reported to have appeared at the domestic end of the taxi way and attempted to gain access to the aircraft, while it was taxing to the holding point,” he said.
According to him, “the pilot alerted the Air traffic control and the message was intercepted by the Aviation Security control monitoring centre who mobilized the patrol teams to the incident. He was apprehended, detained and is currently with the Airport Police Command, as our investigation progresses.”
The FAAN MD, however, admitted that, “the FAAN authority considers this incident a serious security breach and an Airside incursion. This is unfortunate and most embarrassing bearing in mind the huge effort and resources dedicated to the maintenance of the integrity of Airside and Airport safety.
“We do understand that the security wheel is ever revolving with new and emerging threats daily and we have been working with all our stakeholders and the regulatory agency (NCAA) in addressing our living security challenges.”
He said the same suspect had been arrested before in the same airport on the night of July 14.
Yadudu noted that “at the conclusion of this investigation, all officers who are found negligent in the discharge of their assigned duties shall be held fully accountable.”
The FAAN boss assured the travelling public that security measures would be scaled up at the airports across the country so as to forestall future occurrence.