- The federal government has reacted angrily as six security personnel were caught on camera extorting air travellers
- According to reports, there has been a series of cases regarding the extortion of passengers at various airports in the country
- Following this ugly act,
Lagos state- The federal government has threatened to sanction security agencies including heads of military and paramilitary organisations at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos over alleged extortion.
Daily Trust reports that on Wednesday, December 8, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) disclosed that no fewer than six staff of various security agencies were caught on camera extorting air travellers.
It was gathered that there have been widespread concerns over the seemingly unending extortion of air travellers at the various international airports.
Speaking yesterday at a training powered by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) and FAAN at the international wing of MMIA, the Managing Director of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, said the authority would forward the details of indicted security officers to their various headquarters, while also alerting the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) for appropriate action.
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He warned that the recent conduct of some officers could lead to the blacklisting of Nigeria by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
He spoke just as the Presidential Adviser on Ease of Doing Business, Dr Jumoke Oduwole, described the Lagos airport as a national disgrace.
Oduwole expressed sadness over the poor image of Nigeria outside the country as a result of the high level of extortion at the airport.
She charged the senior security officers to monitor the conduct of their officers and men, saying the government was serious about imposing appropriate sanctions on any officer found wanting.
Oduwole commended the National Assembly for initiating the bill that aimed to centralise security screening checkpoints at the nation’s airports, saying that would go a long way in solving the present bottlenecks.
After five years, Nigerians travelling to United States can board a direct flight from Lagos to Washington DC
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that United Airlines, a major American airline, has announced it will now provide a nonstop from Lagos international airport to Washington, DC.
The new service marks United Airlines' return to Nigeria after five years and will be flying a Boeing 787-8 on the route three times per week.
On Monday, at Dulles, the airline sent the flight off with a grand celebration and reached the next chapter in the airline’s Africa expansion and will be in Nigeria today, Wednesday, December 2021.