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Criminals planning to attack Nigerian airports, FAAN raises alarm

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has raised the alarm, saying that criminal elements are planning attacks on airports across the country.

The Deputy General Manager, Administration and Logistics of FAAN, S. M. Mamman wrote to the heads of security,

According to the letter, dated April 9, 2021 and sighted by TheCable, the targeted airports are of Kaduna, Maiduguri, Sokoto, Kano, Abuja, and Lagos.

“I am directed to convey an alert from the Ministry of Aviation regarding security threats by criminal elements against Airports in Nigeria and to request for the immediate enumeration of necessary countermeasures for the protection of Airports/Facilities under your purview,” it reads.

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FAAN advised the management of the facilities to operate at “a heightened threat level”.

They were directed to submit a list of existing and additional countermeasures to address the threats, along with their cost implications.

FAAN further told them to convene an emergency meeting of airport security committees.

The parley will review the status of airport security, recommend appropriate measures and share responsibility for effective implementation.

On March 6, bandits breached the fence of the Kaduna Airport Staff Quarters in Ifira and kidnapped 10 persons.

On March 17, the Kaduna State Government announced that Nigerian Army troops had rescued them.

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