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Delays as FAAN bars security agencies over expired On-Duty-Card

Activities were Friday grounded at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos over the refusal of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, to allow other security agencies working at the terminal access to the restricted areas of the airport
FAAN Aviation Security, had demanded for On-Duty-Cards, ODCs, of all security personnel attached to the airport, and discovered that most of the personnel were using expired ODC to access the restricted areas of the airport, which prompted it to deny them access to the terminal.
Pandemonium however broke out when a staff of Nigerian Immigration service, NIS, one Mr. C..S.I. Obasi allegedly became violent and attacked an AVSEC officer. The incident happened around 8:30 in the morning and lasted for almost two hours.
During the crisis, processing of the outbound and inbound passengers were discontinued, a situation, which led to several of the passengers being stranded while airlines that were scheduled to airlift travellers could not do so as arranged.
Apart from immigration personnel affected by the restriction, other security agencies and aviation parastatals including Department of State Security Service, DSS, Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Nigerian Airspace management Agency, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, and others were also denied entrance to the restricted areas while the crisis lasted.
But, the Public Relations Officer, PRO, NIS, Airport Command, Mr. Adebola Adetula denied the allegation that its officer assaulted AVSEC, staff on duty because of the issue.
Adetula in an interview with our correspondent debunked the claim that its officers assaulted AVSEC, rather he said the AVSEC officers attacked its personnel, which led to blood oozing out from his left eye.
He explained that Obasi had arrived the airport and proceeded to the E-arrival of the airport to commence his legitimate duty, but was prevented from carrying out his duty by AVSEC based on the allegation that his DDC had expired.
He added that despite all the entreaties to AVSEC to allow him in and process the passengers, he was refused and eventually attacked by the AVSEC officers at the arrival hall.
He said, “The attacked officer just did surgery on that part of the eyes and it was there he was slapped by AVSEC officers on duty and his glasses broken. We had to complained to the Comptroller, Airport Command, Mrs. Chizoba Dibi who in turn called the Chief Security Officer, CSO, at the airport who said the ODC had expired and ready for collection.
“It’s true that the ODC had expired since August 15, 2015 and it is the duty of FAAN o issue another one. We don’t issue ODC, but when we got there, we discovered that the ODCs were not even ready and they again given us a week extension.”
However, a source close to FAAN confided in our correspondent that most of those who gain access to the security areas of the airport sue expired ODC, which he said constituted security risk to the airport and the nation as a whole.
The source purported that despite the fact that other security agencies complied with the directive, immigration officer decided to go violent against the AVSEC officials and accused Dibi of calling out the personnel until a superior call came from Abuja to rescind the decision.

The source claimed that the ODC had been ready for collection since first week in September, but security agencies intentionally refused to come for collection.

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