Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport Abuja

FEDERAL Airports Authority of Nigeria ( FAAN) has again announced the assault of an Aviation Security (AVSEC) staff by the head of the Directorate of State Security ( DSS), Mr. Safiyanu Abba who stopped him from searching a visitor who walked through the metal detector activating the alarm.

The airports manager in a series of tweets revealed that the assault took place at the international Terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja where he instructed airport procedures and physically assaulted the AVSEC officer.

The Tweet titled: Breach of security procedure and assault on AVSEC Officer by Head of DSS at the International Terminal of NAIA Abuja read:

“We note with dismay that Mr
Safiyanu Abba, the Head of DSS at NAIA deliberately obstructed airport security process and slapped an aviation security officer who was performing his duty by calling on Mr. Safiyanu Abba to resist from doing so.”

” This happened on the 17th July at about 15:25 hours. He breached security procedure by obstructing further searching of a visitor who had just walked through the metal detector as activated the alarms.

“The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria strongly condemns this abuse of power and the security process
In our airports, this has been duly escalated.

Recall that FAAN is dealing with two similar circumstances involving other high profile Nigerians it alleged of infractions on the rules and guidelines for air passengers and airport users.

The first incident occurred on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at the Aminu Kano International Airport, when the former governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, declined to adhere to the Port Health protocols and procedures.

The second incident occurred on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, when the Governor of Adamawa State, Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, arrived at the Port Harcourt International Airport, in company of eight other passengers. He also fragrantly refused to observe the airport security and port health protocols.

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika had declared the such unruly behaviour may warrant criminal prosecution and invoke a jail term from 2 months.

Industry watchers are however baffled by this ugly trend with many wondering who will prosecute the prosecutors as the DSS head has been caught in the same laws he is want to uphold.


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