There seems to be an urgent need for authorities to draw up an organogram over who mans where at the nation’s airports, otherwise an imminent war looms between the various security agencies over-seeing the affairs of the airplanes’ take-off yards. Within the spate of 2 weeks, several agencies have had cause to disagree over what can best be described as power tussle with the resultant effect being messy and violent.
According to sources, some men of the Department of Customs and Excise who stationed at the Hajj and Cargo Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos yesterday June 2, 2015, manhandled four aviation security personnel of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, leading to serious injuries to these officials.
It all started when two Customs officials attempted to gain entry onto the air side of the airport without any form of identification, in a breach of security regulation of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and were prevented from doing so by Aviation Security officials. The Customs men then resorted to beating the aviation security officials in full public glare, leading to brief disruption of operations in the immediate vicinity.
The affected Avsec staff have been taken for treatment at the Aviation Clinic near the airport.
It will be recalled that a protocol staff of the Authority was recently beaten to a state of coma by men of the Nigerian Air Force at the same airport for insisting on adherence to airport safety regulations.