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Why FAAN Security Denied Other Agencies Access To Restricted Area

Posted: Sep 26, 2015 at 12:08 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Abel Orukpe,


Facts have emerged as to why the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Aviation Security (AVSEC), at the international wing of Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, denied other security agencies access to restricted areas of the terminal.

Though, the singular action by AVSEC ground commercial activities at the terminal during the week, Saturday Independent learnt that the FAAN security officials took the decision because it discovered that almost all other security agencies were carrying fake On Duty Cards (ODCs).

According to a source in the terminal AVSEC had demanded for On-Duty-Cards (ODCs) from security personnel attached to the airport, but to their greatest surprise most of the personnel were using expired ODC to access the restricted areas of the airport, a situation officials of AVSEC said amount to a breach of security.

The source added that the startling discovery made AVSEC personnel to deny them access to the restricted area of the terminal.

Saturday Independent learnt that the denial of access to other security agencies took a new dimension when an officer of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), one Mr. C.S.I. Obasi, allegedly became violent and attacked an AVSEC officer, whose name the source did not mention.

The incident, according to the source lasted for almost two hours.

While the incident was going on processing of the outbound and inbound passengers were disrupted, as it came to a halt, a situation, which led to several of the passengers stranded while airlines that were scheduled to airlift travelers could not do so as arranged.

Apart from Immigration personnel that were affected by the restriction, other security agencies and aviation agencies including Department of State Security Service (DSS), Nigerian Customs Service, (NCS), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), and others, who work at the terminal, were also denied entrance to the restricted areas.

Reacting to the incident, the Public Relations Officer (NIS), Airport Command, Mr. Adebola Adetula, denied that its officer assaulted AVSEC staff on duty because of the issue.

Adetula debunked the claim that its officers assaulted AVSEC, but that it was the AVSEC officers that attacked its personnel, which led to blood oozing out from his left eye.

He explained that Obasi had arrived the airport and proceeded to the E-arrival of the airport to commence his legitimate duty, but was prevented from carrying out his duty by AVSEC based on the allegation that his ODC had expired.

He added that despite all the entreaties to AVSEC to allow him in and process the passengers, he was refused and was eventually attacked by the AVSEC officers at the arrival hall.

According to him, “The attacked officer just did surgery on that part of the eyes and it was there he was slapped by AVSEC officers on duty and his glasses broken. We had to complain to the Comptroller, Airport Command, Mrs. Chizoba Dibi who in turn called the Chief Security Officer, CSO, at the airport who said the ODC had expired and ready for collection.

He continued, “It’s true that the ODC had expired since August 15, 2015 and it is the duty of FAAN to issue another one. We don’t issue ODC, but when we got there, we discovered that the ODCs were not even ready and they again gave us a week extension.”

A source close to FAAN, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, stated that most of those who gain access to the security areas of the airport use expired ODC, which he said constituted security risk to the airport and the nation as a whole.

The source stated that despite the fact that other security agencies complied with the directive, immigration officer decided to go violent against the AVSEC officials and accused Dibi of calling out the personnel until a superior call came from Abuja to rescind the decision.