The management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN under the supervision of Engr. Saleh Dunoma, its managing director has issued a press statement to clear the air on the bomb scare report which has been rocking the country most especially Lagosians. Below is the full text of the release signed by its general manager, corporate communications, Yakubu Datti.
The attention of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has been drawn to a story in some newspapers today alleging that there was a bomb scare at the Int’l terminal of MMA on Monday 18th August, 2014.
The suspect, a man in his late twenties was arrested at an area of the airport close to the church of the airport internal link road, leading to the Stakeholders/Limousine car park, a distance of about one kilometre to the international terminal.
At the time of his arrest, the suspect was said to have been loitering around the said area all morning. This attracted the curiosity of security guards on duty at the entrance of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency’s CENTREX Facility located along the airport internal link road, who promptly alerted the police.
The suspect was alleged to be in possession of a device suspected to be used in making explosives. He was promptly handed over to the Airport Police Command for interrogation.
While we appreciate the need to promptly report all suspicious characters to security agencies, it is important to always cross check the facts before going to press, to avoid sending the wrong signals to the public.
The issue of safety and security of the airport has remained our priority and the various security agencies are collaborating with us for a secure and safe environment.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria therefore wishes to reassure passengers and other airport users of adequate security architecture at MMA as well as its avowed commitment to making safety and security top priority at all times.