Interior ministry, airport authorities join forces against attacks on airports
The Ministry of Interior has partnered with airport management nationwide and other stakeholders to upgrade existing security measures around the nation’s airports to prevent possible attacks on airports across the country.
A letter dated April 15, 2021 signed by Egbodo, director, Joint Services, the Ministry of Interior titled ‘Looming Threats of Attack on the Nation’s Airports’ states “I am directed to forward herewith letter from the office of the National Security Advisor (ONSA) with Ref. No NSA/ 366/ S dated April 6, 2021, on the above subject and to request you to liaise/partner with all airport management nationwide and other stakeholders to upgrade the existing security measures around the nation’s airports in the interim to prevent planned looming attacks on airports across the country.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had confirmed the receipt of an alert from the Ministry of Aviation over planned attacks on airports in the country.
These airports are those in Kaduna, Maiduguri, Sokoto, Kano, Abuja and Lagos State.
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The report of the threat was contained in a memo signed by FAAN’S deputy general manager of administration and logistics, Mamman, and addressed to airport chiefs of security.
According to an online medium, The Cable, the report was dated April 9, 2021, and airports on the list are those in 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 also request for the immediate enumeration of necessary countermeasures for the protection of all airports/facilities under your purview.
“Specifically, the airports top on the list for which criminals are considering carrying out attacks include those in Kaduna, Maiduguri, Sokoto, Kano, Abuja, and Lagos among others. However, all airports are hereby alerted and requested to operate at a heightened threat level,” the memo read.