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FAAN Intensifies Airports Security After Stowaway Incident

Following the bizarre incident of a teenage boy caught in the wheel compartment of an Arik aircraft that flew in to Lagos from Benin, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said additional security measures are being put in place to prevent a re-occurrence of a stowaway from the runways of the nation’s airports.

Mr. Yakubu Dati, the General Manager, Corporate Communications, FAAN,  said this on Thursday, while addressing aviation reporters at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja. He stressed that the additional security measures would specifically be placed on airports without perimeter fencing.

Dati said the decision came as a result of the recent stowaway incident which occurred at the Benin Airport on August 24.

“First, at every airport without fully functional perimeter fence, a FAAN security vehicle will be deployed to a point within full view of the aircraft as it taxies out to take off. And the FAAN security will maintain visual scrutiny and, if necessary, respond to any situation, until every departing aircraft is safely airborne.”

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