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FAAN Introduces Armed Unit At Airports To Tackle Thuggery, Extortion

Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has launched an armed, Aviation Security unit, at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, disclosed this via his X page.

The Minister said the armed unit was launched to address touting and illegal activities at the Airports.

Keyamo said the unit has been mandated to arrest and prosecute touts and other suspected criminals operating within the Airport premises.

“The initiative will be replicated at other international airports in the country, to ensure a safer and more secure environment for passengers and airport users.

“As part of the steps we earlier promised Nigerians to take to curb the menace of touting and other illegal activities around our airports, earlier today the Managing Director of FAAN, on my behalf, unveiled the armed Aviation Security (AVSEC) unit at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

“We will replicate it at other international airports. They have the mandate to arrest and prosecute touts and other suspected criminals around our airports.

“This is apart from the other inter-ministerial effort that is still ongoing to deal specifically with the issue of agencies of government within the airports that are involved in extortion, bribery and begging,” he wrote.

It will be recalled that, on June 23, the Minister claimed the issue of extortion of passengers by officials of government agencies at the nation’s airports was beyond the ministry’s control.

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