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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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.”

Air Peace Aircraft Collide At Lagos Airport

A ground collision of two aircraft belonging to Air Peace has been reported at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos state.

The incident was said to have occurred while one of the aircraft was trying to manoeuver its way out of the apron wing of the local terminal of the airport.

This is coming barely 48 hours after an Aero Contractor aircraft was engulfed in smoke while attempting to land in Lagos from Port Harcourt.

Spokesman for Air Peace, Chris Iwarah says although the point of contact was slightly impacted, no passenger was involved in the accident.

162 Nigerians Return From Libya

Libya162 Nigerians stranded in Libya have voluntarily returned to the country.

The returnees comprising 132 males, 27 females and 3 children arrived the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday aboard an airbus A320 aircraft.

Two of the returnees, who were in critical condition were immediately taken to hospital for medical attention.

According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the return was facilitated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with the Swiss government and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya.

Private Operators To Manage Lagos Airport, Three Others

Lagos AirportThe federal government has announced plans to concession four major airports as part of efforts to develop and secure the aviation sector and diversify the nation’s economy.

Addressing aviation industry players ‎in Abuja, the Minister of State for Aviation, Captain Hadi Sirika, announced that the airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt will be managed by private sector operators.

He also announced plans by the federal government to establish aviation development bank and an aviation university to provide funding and quality technical manpower for the industry.

It was the first aviation stakeholders’ forum since the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari came on board.

The Minister reiterated the commitment of the federal government to fast track the development of the sector through public private partnership.

He used the occasion to announce the streamlining of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the creation of employment opportunities for Nigerian pilots.

Although the presentation of the Minister received an applause from the stakeholders, some of them expressed concerns about the activities of some agencies under the ministry.

Others appealed to the federal government to urgently address the challenges being faced in the industry.

The one day forum which attracted airline operators, pilots and captains of the aviation industry is aimed at strengthening the sector towards efficient service delivery.

Panel Submits Report On Destruction Of BRT Buses On Ikorodu Rd

fasholaLagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Monday promised to act on the recommendations of the report of the Tribunal of Enquiry on the Road Traffic Accident, Arson and Vandalism on BRT buses at Palmgrove, along Ikorodu Road.

Mr Fashola, who spoke at Lagos House, Ikeja explained that the report would still have to go through council deliberations and debates.

He stated that there is no Tribunal of Enquiry or Commission that the State Government has set up in the past whose report has not been developed into a White Paper report.

Fashola also stated that a White Paper on the report of the Tribunal of Enquiry would be issued which would communicate what government decisions on the recommendations are and the actions that would follow.

The Governor also stressed that the protection of life and property remains the principal duty for which governments exist and that whenever such unfortunate incidents occur, government must do everything to ensure that they do not reoccur.

Speaking earlier while presenting the report, which is in eight volumes, the Chairman of the Commission, Justice Ebenezer Adebajo, said the Tribunal has recommended an upgrading of the Lagos Area Metropolitan Transport Authority (LAMATA) and further empower it to effectively carry out its regulatory functions in relation to transportation in Lagos State.

He added that the Governor of Lagos State should demand an apology from the Nigerian Army and that the Nigerian Army should on behalf of the 9th Brigade, Ikeja Cantonment, apologize in writing to the people of Lagos State and that such apology should be published in at least two national newspapers in order to reduce the constant friction between the military and the bus operators.

 

Lagos Airport Cargo Terminals Reopened

Lagos AirportThe two cargo warehouses of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport have been reopened.

This comes after two weeks that the Nigeria Customs Service sealed the two cargo warehouses at the Lagos airport.

The Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, had said that the Ministry of Aviation was in support of the closure but was also in talks with the top hierarchy of the Customs to resolve the issue.

Speaking about the fracas between clearing agents and Customs officials at the Lagos Airport, which led to the closure, he warned that no group of people would be allowed to hold the nation to ransom and determine the rules by which government agencies should operate.

It is believed that the Minister’s intervention led to the reopening of the warehouses.

Lagos Airport Transport Operators Protest

Lagos AirportAirport workers were on Thursday stranded along the Murtala Muhammed International Airport road as limousine and cab operators protested their displacement from the space they were allocated at the Lagos airport six months ago.

The cab and limousine operators said that they would not operate at the Lagos airport until officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), address issues bordering on their operations at the international terminal.

Meanwhile the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria has appealed to the taxi operators to exercise patience, insisting that this inconvenience is being experienced because of the remodelling project ongoing at the Lagos airport.

The General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr Yakubu Dati, said that once the remodelling exercise is complete, the taxi operators will have enough room.

AIB Stepping Up Measures To Enhance Air Safety – Mukthar Usman

The Accident Investigation Bureau has said that it is stepping up measures in its bid to promote safety in the nation’s airspace.

One of these measures is creating a prevention roadmap by putting its new download laboratory to pro-active use by studying data from aircraft recorders.

This was made known by the commissioner of the bureau, Captain Mukhtar Usman, who added that several of its safety recommendations from past accident investigations have been implemented.

 

 

Ondo Government Releases Official Statement On Plane Crash

The Ondo state government has issued an official statement following the crash of an Associated Airline plane on Thurday morning, at about 9:32am, involving family members of late Governor Olusegun Agagu and other dignitaries, enroute Akure.

The statement which was signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Ondo State Governor, Eni Akinsola, stated that the State “received with shock the news of the crash of the plane bearing the corpse of the former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Agagu, as it was taking off from Lagos.”

Although there are several reports as to the identity of the individuals involved, the statement disclosed that “a commissioner, family members, associates and other top government officials were also involved in the crash.”

However, the statement did not confirm the names of those who survived.

“Information available indicates that there were casualties and a few survivors of this unfortunate crash. We are however still expecting more information.

The statement said there is no doubt that “this is an unfortunate disaster in the life of our dear State. We can only pray that God will visit the State with mercy and give us all the strength to bear these unfortunate losses.”

Residents of the state have been urged to be in a “sober and prayerful mood at these trying times as God is indeed the only person we should call upon in this period.”

The State Government assured that more information will be released as soon as they are available.

FG approves N106 billion for construction of 11 more airports

The Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah on Thursday said that the Federal Government has approved the sum of N106 billion for the construction of 11 new international airport terminal buildings in Nigeria.

Mrs Oduah, who disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja, said that the amount was approved at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday.

She said the new international terminal projects were different from the on-going remodelling and reconstruction of 11 airports in the country.
The Minister said the 11 new projects would include five international terminals for commercial flights and six for perishable cargoes.

She said that the FEC had given approval for the award of contracts for the “immediate take off of construction work on the five terminals for international flights.
“They are Lagos, Kano, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Enugu.”

The six perishable cargo terminals will be in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Kano and Asaba.

Mrs Oduah said that the projects were part of the government’s plans to achieve its transformation agenda in the aviation sector.

“The second phase in our implementation strategy of the Road Map which falls under the medium term programme of action is the construction of five new international terminals in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano and Enugu.

“Only yesterday (Wednesday), we achieved a significant milestone in this regard when Mr President and the FEC graciously granted approval for the award of contract for the immediate take-off of construction work on these terminals.

“For us as a ministry and government, we consider this development a huge opportunity to put to practical effect, the present administration’s Transformation Agenda,” Mr Oduah said.

The minister said that the first phase of the remodelling and construction of 11 airports would be completed in the next 90 days, while the contract for the second phase of another 11 airports would take two years before completion.

She said the projects were to be executed with a concessionary loan from China Nexim Bank in 22 years with 5 years moratorium at an interest rate of 2 per cent adding that mobilisation to site by the contractors was expected to commence in the next 90 days.

“What this means is that before the end of the lifespan of this administration, we would have been able to bequeath to Nigerians the airports of their dreams.

“Our dream is to also strive to transform Nigeria’s aviation sector into a major contributor to the nation’s GDP and the airports are pivotal to the actualisation of this dream.

“The award of contracts for the construction of the new international airport terminals will, therefore, be a significant first step in this direction,” she said.

Eleven airports are currently undergoing reconstruction nationwide. These airport include: Murtala Muhammed International Airport and the General Aviation Terminal (GAT), Lagos; the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja; Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa; the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu and the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.

Others are Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar, Yakubu Gowon Airport, Jos; the airports in Yola, Kaduna and Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri.

Reinstatement of Dana airline

The Minister reacted to the recent lifting of the suspension imposed on Dana airline over the 3 June 2012 air crash which killed over 153 people in Lagos.

Mrs Oduah said the federal government lifted the suspension of the airline following the report of a technical audit of the operator which did not indict the company.

Although she expressed pain over the unfortunate incident, the Minister said the government was not under any pressure to restore the airline’s operating licence as she assured Nigerians and the travelling public that safety remains a major priority of the federal government.

Families of Dana crash victims will be paid their claims – NAICOM

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) on Wednesdayt said it will ensure the payment of insurance claims to beneficiaries of the victims of the Dana Air plane crash in Lagos.

The Commission’s position was contained in a statement by the Head, Corporate Communications, Lucky Fiakpa, who gave the assurance that the aircraft in question was properly insured and all reinsurance contracts were duly entered into.

The statement also stated that seven local underwriters were involved in the insurance.

NAICOM consoled the families of those who lost their lives in the ill-fated flight, noting that no amount of money was sufficient to compensate them.

Dana Air’s Flight 0992 crashed into residential buildings in the Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos on Sunday, killing the 153 people on board.

Several others were also killed as the aircraft plunged into the two-storey building.

NDLEA sniffer dogs detect heroin from Iran at Lagos airport

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Wednesday said that its sniffer dogs have helped in the confiscation of 16 Kilogrammes of highly grade heroin at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.

The agency through its head of public affairs, Ofoyeju Mitchell said this is the first major seizure of narcotics this year.

Mr Mitchell said that the anti-narcotic agents had placed the consignment on surveillance following the alert signal of the sniffer dogs. The operation led to the ultimate abandonment of the 16 kilogrammes of heroin by a suspected drug syndicate at the National Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Shed of the airport.

According to him, the brownish substance that tested positive  was packed in white transparent polythene and hidden inside metal pipes and that the drug which was industrially packed was brought as cargo on a KLM flight from the Republic of Iran.

“The estimated street value of the drug in Lagos, Nigeria is about 160 million naira and could be four times higher in international market,” Mr Mitchell said in a press statement.

He said that the agency conducted “100 per cent search because of the alert given by the sniffer dogs. A welder was invited to forcefully cut the pipe open. The effort paid off when the heroin was found.

“The cargo with Air Waybill number 0747419547 was addressed to one Mr. Nnaemeka Chinedu Joseph of 64, Ladipo Industrial Parts, Mushin Lagos,” he said.

The airport commander, Hamza Umar said that the consignment arrived from Iran but was left unclaimed.

“The consignment was at the NAHCO shed upon arrival from Iran. Based on suspicion we placed it under observation. However, when nobody came forward to take delivery of the consignment, we first brought in the sniffer dogs to examine it.

“The dogs alerted that the thick metal pipes are positive for narcotics. This was what emboldened us to conduct extensive examination openly witnessed by customs, police and other security officials. They were all amazed at the clever way the drug was concealed” the commander said.

The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade said that the seizure is an indication that drug trafficking syndicates are losing the drug war.

“This is another important seizure to the agency and the country,” he said.

“It points to the fact that our control measures at the exit and entry points are getting better by the day. No doubt, it is a huge loss for the drug cartel behind the illegal shipment. This is a very successful operation and we have launched full scale investigation into the illegal import. We hope to unveil the culprits soonest” Mr Giade added.

The NDLEA boss added that the role of the sniffer dogs in the seizure underscore the importance of logistic support in the drug war.