THE Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has arrested over 90 persons, apprehended at both the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, carrying out nefarious activities including but not limited to touting.
These persons were arrested for various acts of illegality including Fake Covid-19 test results, unauthorised entry, trespass, illegal facilitation, forgery, loitering, theft, public nuisance & arguments, amongst others.
Some of those arrested are staff of Patovilki Nigeria Limited, Lakewood Services and other airport staff.
Of the total arrested, 59 were handed over to the airport police command in Abuja for prosecution, while 30 were handed over to the police force in Lagos for same.
In a statement signed by General Manager, Corporate Affairs Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu,”FAAN will like to use this opportunity to warn those that do not have any legitimate business at the airports, as well as airport staff carrying out illegal duties to desist from such acts, as the Authority will not hesitate to arrest and hand over such individuals for prosecution.
Meanwhile in a related development, NAHCO has expressed support of the arrest of airport staff for touting and other vices.
The handling company in a statement said,”We commend the move.
“NAHCO is a responsible player in the industry, as such, will not condone any form of illegality. We urge FAAN to always carry us along in this fight. The current move will in no small measure help our industry to grow as well as bring sanity to the airports.
“We will however engage FAAN, to provide us the details of our personnel alleged to be involved, to enable us to activate our internal disciplinary process as we currently do not have any clue as to who is involved, when, and in what capacity.”