Security breach: FAAN suspends Lagos airport security chief, 3 others

Clay Curtis
July 20, 2019

The pilot of the plane reported the incident to the aviation security, Avsec, and the man was arrested.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has indefinitely suspended the aviation security unit heads on duty when an unidentified man disrupted an Azman Air flight on Friday, July 19.

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.

Having spotted the man, the pilot of the aircraft apparently slowed down and later turned off the engine as the man continued to explore around the plane.

Video footage of the dramatic incident, taken by a passenger inside of the airplane, shows the man climbing from the jet engine to the wing.

The unidentified man is now in police custody and is being questioned by Nigeria's Airport Authority.

It was not clear how the man reached the plane or what his intention was.

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Yadudu also said that the aircraft climber suspect was first arrested on Sunday night around 10 pm within the airport vicinity by its Aviation Security (AVSEC) personnel, but was released a few hours later.

NAN reports that the affected officers include the Airport Chief of Security, Mamman Mohammed Sadiku, and International Terminal Security Office, Oni Abiodun.

"The aircraft and luggage were thoroughly scrutinized", the company explained, before determining that it was safe to fly to Port Harcourt in Nigeria's Niger Delta.

A statement by FAAN said the current arrangement is aimed at ensuring an efficient and thorough investigation towards the recovery and sustenance of the airport's proactive security integrity.

Friday's incident was only the latest Nigerian airport security breach.

She said FAAN had begun an investigation to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of the incident to forestall future occurrence.

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