Criminals planning attacks on airports – FGN alerts

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has disclosed that criminals are planning to attack airports across the country.

According to the regulatory body, it received an alert from the Ministry of Aviation over the planned attacks.

A memo which was signed by S.M. Mamman, FAAN deputy general manager of administration and logistics, was addressed to airport chiefs of security, airports on the list include those in Kaduna, Maiduguri, Sokoto, Kano, Abuja, and Lagos.

“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,” the memo read.

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

FAAN via the memo instructed airport chiefs to “submit a list of existing and additional countermeasures to address the threats, along with their cost implications where applicable”.

They are also expected to organize an emergency meeting of airport security committees to review the status of airport security, jointly recommend appropriate measures and share responsibility for effective implementation.