The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has been alerted by the Ministry of Aviation over plots by some criminal elements to attack airports across the country.
This was made known in a memo signed by the FAAN Deputy General Manager of Administration and Logistics, S.M. Mamman, and addressed to airport security chiefs.
The airports on the list include those in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Sokoto, and Kano.
The memo dated April 9, 2021, read, “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.
“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 amongst others. However, all airports are hereby alerted and requested to operate at a heightened threat level.”
The airport chiefs were further directed to submit “a list of existing and additional countermeasures to address the threats, along with their cost implications where applicable.”
They are also expected to urgently convene an emergency meeting of airport security committees “to review the status of airport security, jointly recommend appropriate measures and share responsibility for effective implementation.”