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FAAN steps up surveillance on bag tagging at nations’ airports

BAGGAGE  taggers across the nations airports  will face dire consequences, as the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has increased surveillance and is monitoring workers around the airport

The Airports managers are disturbed due to the recent rise of the bag tagging  trend and  has a set up a task force  to investigate and come up with solid actionable intelligence that would lead to the apprehension of anyone involved  in the dastardly act that compromises safety and security at the airports.

General Manager Public Affairs FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu who disclosed this to aviation journalists in Lagos, said the report of the special task force set up by the managing director of FAAN to investigate the involvement if any  of FAAN staff and will determine appropriate  punishment to be meted out based on their involvement.

Yakubu said the Agency was disturbed over allegation against some staff of the agency of their involvement at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in the Zanab Aliyu issue, adding that the task force will submit its report soon.

She explained that the Kano airport incident has awaken FAAN to tighten security which has led to the agency evolving means of curtailing future occurrence.

According to Mrs. Yakubu, FAAN has moved the operation of unaccompanied luggage to the newly created cargo section for proper tagging while comprehensive profiling of background passengers and baggage handlers have commenced.

She disclosed that six sniffer dogs have also been deployed to the Kano airport, while more metal walk through screening detectors from entrance to terminal before boarding the aircraft have been installed.

She explained that the action was to ensure that no passenger pass through the airport with drug adding that the agency has intensified surveillance on baggage handlings under aviation security supervision.

Mrs Yakubu explained that there has been an improvement of Close Circuit Television at the single interface desk to capture the area adding that FAAN was working hand in hand with NDLEA.

The FAAN image maker further explained that it was the responsibility of the NDLEA to install drug detecting machines at airports not FAAN as stated by some individuals.

According to her, the Federal government has made recommendation for additional sophisticated scanners to be brought in to the country to complement the existing ones, stressing that it will be installed as soon as it arrived and drugs will be detected.

She advised passengers not to assist anyone to carry any form of bag at the airport and to get to the airport two hours before boarding to avoid unnecessary pressure

Yakubu while saying that all agencies were working together for the good of the country, expressed delight that the Ease of Doing Business has assisted in decongesting the terminal and brought sanity.

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