The Aviation Security Heads who were on duty on Friday when an unidentified man climbed an Azman aircraft shortly before it took off has been suspended indefinitely.
The security unit heads were suspended by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
This was confirmed by the General Manager of FAAN, Public Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu in a statement issued in Lagos on Friday.
We had earlier reported that passengers aboard a Port Harcout bound flight were thrown into panic on Friday when a man climbed one of the wings of an Azman Air craft which was about to take off at the Murtala Muhammaed Airport, Ikeja.
In a viral video that was shared online by one of the passengers, the man had illegally gained access to the airside with a hand luggage he had with him.
The statement said that the suspension of the personnels was pending upon completion of investigation into the security breach.
“Following the unfortunate airside incursion at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on July 19, the authority has suspended indefinitely the aviation security unit heads.
“The personnel that were suspended were on duty when the incident occurred, pending completion of ongoing investigation into the regrettable security infringement.
“The affected officers are the Airport Chief of Security, Mamman Mohammed Sadiku and International Terminal Security Officer, Oni Abiodun.
“Others are the Head of Department Domestic Terminal 2, Kenneth Okezie and Head of Department Domestic Terminal 1, Adebowale Ayodele,” she said.
Yakubu said in the interim, one of its General Managers, Dr Anne Enyinnaya-Egbadon, had been detailed to take charge of security at the airport.
She said other affected officers had also been replaced.
Yakubu said the current arrangement was aimed at ensuring an efficient and thorough investigation towards the recovery and sustenance of the airport’s proactive security integrity.
She added that FAAN viewed the breach as a serious security concern and had commenced investigation to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of that incident to forestall future occurrence.
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