FAAN Reveals Identity Of Man Who Climbed Aircraft At Lagos Airport

 

The man who climbed on an Azman Aircraft waiting for clearance from Air Traffic Controllers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos on Friday is Nigerien.

This is according to the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Captain Rabiu Yadudu, who identified the man as one Mr Usman Adamu, who resides in Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos State.

The airside incursion led to the indefinite suspension of four Aviation Security unit heads.

Captain Yadudu, at a briefing in Kano on Saturday in reaction to the incident, said Adamu is currently with the Airport Police Command and the authorities consider it a serious security breach.

“The suspect identified as Usman Adamu, a Nigerien in origin and who claimed to reside in Iyana Ipaja, on the 19th of July was reported to have appeared at the domestic end of the taxiway and attempted to gain access to the aircraft while it was taxying to the holding point.

“He was apprehended, detained and is currently with the Airport police command as our investigation progresses.

“The authority considers this incident a serious security breach and an air sight incursion, this is unfortunate and embarrassing.”

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Stowaway: FAAN Suspends Four Heads Of Aviation Security

The FAAN boss said efforts have been put in place to upgrade the security apparatus at the airport and the agency takes full responsibility for the incident.

“FAAN takes full responsibility for this incident as we remain fully committed to our core values.

“The Federal Government, through the Ministry of transport and the honourable minister of state for aviation, has assisted in awarding contracts for the fortification of perimeter fences through the erection of biometric security fences with intrusion detection devices and CCTV cameras with infrared capabilities for night activities. This is also in addition to observation towers being erected to ensure total coverage of the airport.

“We assure our esteemed travelling public that these measures will be upgraded, additional measures with regards to escorts of aircraft will also be intensified.”

Stowaway: FAAN Suspends Four Heads Of Aviation Security

 

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has suspended indefinitely, the Aviation Security unit heads.

This is to allow investigations into the incident of an airside incursion at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos on Friday.

Earlier on, a man was sighted trying to climb into an Azman aircraft waiting for clearance from Air Traffic Controllers.

According to the General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, replacements of the affected officers have been detailed in the interim.

“Following the unfortunate airside incursion at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos today, July 19, 2019, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has suspended indefinitely the Aviation Security unit heads who were on duty when the incident occurred, pending completion of the ongoing investigation into the regrettable security infringement.

“The affected officers are the Airport Chief of Security, Mamman Mohammed Sadiku, International Terminal Security Officer, Oni Adedamola Abiodun, Head of Department Domestic Terminal 2, Owotor Kenneth Okezie and Head of Department Domestic Terminal 1, Badejo Adebowale Ayodele.

“In the interim, a General Manager of the Authority, Dr. Anne Enyinnaya-Egbadon, has been detailed to take charge of security at the airport. Other affected officers have also been replaced.”

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The statement added that the arrangement will help to ensure a thorough investigation into the cause of the incident.

“The current arrangement is aimed at ensuring an efficient and thorough investigation towards the recovery and sustenance of the airport’s proactive security integrity.

“FAAN views this breach as a serious security concern and has commenced an investigation to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of this incident to forestall future occurrence,” it read.

Man Arrested After Climbing Aircraft In Lagos Airport

 

Aviation security officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) have arrested an unidentified man who climbed on an Azman aircraft waiting for clearance from Air Traffic Controllers.

A statement by FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, said that the pilot of the aircraft reported the incident and Avsec officials swiftly responded.

“At about 1009 hours, aviation security officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria arrested an intruder who was sighted trying to climb into an Azman aircraft waiting for clearance from Air Traffic Controllers.

“The pilot of the Azman aircraft with registration number 5N-HAI departing Lagos to Port Harcourt reported the incident and Avsec officials swiftly responded. The man has been apprehended and is now in Avsec’s custody.”

She added that a thorough check was later carried out on the aircraft and authorities have commenced investigations into the incident.

“The aircraft taxied back to the apron for a thorough check and has departed for Port Harcourt afterward.

“The Authority is already investigating the incident.”

FAAN Clears Port Harcourt Airport Runway After Air Peace Incident

 

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said it has cleared the runway of Port Harcourt Airport, for normal flight operations to resume.

This is after an Air Peace flight, flying from Abuja to Port Harcourt on Saturday, skidded off the airport runway.

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According to a statement by FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Yakubu Henrietta, the plane with 87 passengers and 6 crew members were safely evacuated.

“An Air Peace flight with registration number 5N BRN, flying from Abuja to Port Harcourt today, skidded off the Port Harcourt airport runway at about 1500hours.

“There were no casualties, however, as all 87 passengers and 6 crew members on board the flight were safely evacuated.

“The runway is already been cleared by the Authority so that normal flight operations can continue,” the statement added.

FAAN Shuts MMIA APRON Gate 1 For Repairs

 

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has announced the shutting down of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport’s Apron Gate 1 and some sections of Taxiway F to human and vehicular traffic for six weeks.

The closure which is effective June 7, 2019, is to enable the contractor handling the construction of the new terminal (China Civil Construction Company) link the proposed apron under construction to the existing one.

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In a statement by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu, the authority called for orderliness and safety of the operators while the repairs are ongoing.

“The Authority has developed and deployed specific procedures for vehicular movements and officers of the Aviation Security department have been mobilized to ensure compliance.

“FAAN will like to solicit the understanding and cooperation of all concerned towards ensuring a safe airside for aircraft movement and personnel safety during the construction”.

 

Buhari Approves Rabiu Yadudu’s Appointment As New FAAN MD

President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammad Buhari has approved the appointment of Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu as the new Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

According to a statement by the Deputy Director Press and Public Affairs, Ministry of Transportation (Aviation), James Odaudu, the appointment takes immediate effect.

Captain Yadudu is to take over from the erstwhile Managing Director, Engineer Saleh Dunoma.

The new FAAN MD is an ICAO/ACI accredited International Airport Professional.

Until his new appointment, Captain Yadudu was the Director of Airport Operations of the Authority.

He also holds professional certifications in Avionics, Airport Safety Management Systems, Airport Security Management, Air Transport Systems Management, amongst others.

 

FAAN Withdraws Services From Gombe, Kebbi Airports Over Debt

 

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has withdrawn its services from Gombe, Kebbi airports over debt.

The airport authority said on Thursday that it is withdrawing its aviation security, aerodrome rescue and fire-fighting personnel from both states airports over N732m indebtedness.

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According to FAAN, the Gombe state-owned airport owes N607. 9 million, while Kebbi airport is owing N124. 5 million.

The authority noted that it had earlier in April threatened to withdraw services from the airports and others indebted to the agency and had given them a deadline of April 30 to clear their outstanding debts.

FAAN said the withdrawal of its services from both airports, which had technically grounded flight operations took effect from midnight of May 1, 2019.

Reports Of ‘Bomb Threat’ On Air Peace Flight Are False – FAAN

 

The Federal Airports Authority (FAAN) has said that reports of a bomb allegedly placed on an early morning Air Peace flight from Abuja to Lagos are false.

A statement by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu, alleged that the passenger that raised the alarm is said to have a history of mental illness and is currently with the security agencies and medical experts for assessment.

“Following the false information, officers of FAAN’s aviation security swiftly evacuated passengers, crew and cargo on board the flight and a bomb squad immediately conducted a thorough check on the aircraft and baggage, which confirmed the information to be false.

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“Aftermath of the due diligence test carried out on the aircraft, a fresh boarding call has been made and passengers have boarded the flight for take-off to the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

“The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria will like to reassure passengers and all airport users that our airports are safe and secure. They should carry on their lawful activities without any fear.

“FAAN is committed to her core values of Safety, Security and Comfort”.

Buhari Inaugurates New International Terminal At Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport

President Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned a new international terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja. 

The newly constructed terminal is a project spearheaded by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN.

The international terminal sits on 56000 square meters with a 60metre long skywalk that connects the airport to the metro station which was commissioned earlier in the year.

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Speaking at the ceremony which held on Thursday, President Buhari said that the new terminal is “yet another significant milestone for international air travelers in and out of the Federal Capital Territory”.

Buhari commended the minister of aviation, saying that “with the commissioning of this terminal Nigeria is moving closer to achieving and meeting global standards in the facilitation, passenger processing, and service delivery in line with international best practices”.

Other dignitaries present at the inauguration include the Senate President who was represented, members of the National Assembly,  Secretary General of the Federation, and the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria.

The project comes, as a result, a 500 million dollar loan with an additional 100 million dollar counterpart fund.

From the speeches made, the terminal is one of the biggest in West Africa, with some areas that are about the size of five football pitches.

Officials say there will be 66 checking counters, 28 immigration desks at arrival and 16 at the departure end.

FAAN To Carry Out Routine Maintenance At MMIA

FAAN Constitutes Panel To Investigate Fire Incident

 

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it is set to carry out a routine maintenance at the D Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Friday by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Yakubu Henrietta.

According to the statement, the maintenance will take place between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm on Saturday November 24, 2018.

Consequently, all flight operations at the D Wing will be diverted to the E Wing while the maintenance is ongoing.

Access To Terminal Building Is Free, Says FAAN

Access To Terminal Building Is Free, Says FAAN
New Terminal of the Port Harcourt International Airport inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in Rivers State on October 25, 2018.

 

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says access to the terminal building is free in all airports across the country.

FAAN announced this in a statement signed on Tuesday by its management.

It, therefore, called on passengers and other airport users not to pay money to anyone before they can gain access into the terminal.

The government agency also asked the people to contact it on its various social media platforms should they require further details.

See the statement below;

FAAN Condemns Invasion Of Sokoto Airport Runway By APC Loyalists

A crowd of the political supporters running on the airport tarmac on Friday, July 3.

 

The Federal Airports Authority Of Nigeria (FAAN) has condemned the invasion of the runway of Sultan Abubakar International Airport, Sokoto, by political loyalists in the state.

The supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Friday, broke through the airport fence and invaded the airport in a bid to receive former governor Aliyu Wamakko, who was on a visit to the state.

FAAN in a statement signed on Monday by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs Yakubu Henrietta, described the incident as a violation of the security and safety arrangements at the airport.

“The unfortunate incident, which  occurred on Friday, August 3, 2018, is a gross violation of the security and safety arrangements at the airport, as thousands of political loyalists violently accessed restricted areas at the airport, breaking down the airport fence in the process and resisting all security machinery in place,” the statement read in part.

The political supporters hailing former governor, Aliyu Wamakko at the airport on Friday.

 

The situation was, however, curtailed by a team of aviation security officers at the airport who were able to restore normalcy at the airport.

FAAN then urged politicians and their supporters to ensure compliance with all rules and regulations at the airports even as the 2019 general elections are drawing closer.

Members of the APC and loyalists of Senator Wammako had on Friday besieged the airport in a bid to welcome the former governor into the state.

The event occurred days after the defection of the state governor Aminu Tambuwal, from the APC to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).