Lagos Airport Police Command Arrest 165 Persons In 2018

The Lagos Airport Police Command says over 165 persons were charged to court last year for committing various offences at the Lagos Airport.

The offences are assault, stealing, obtaining by false pretenses as well as unlawful entry and touting, which contravene the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) bye Laws.

According to the command Spokesman, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Joseph Alabi, in a chat with newsmen in Lagos,the command made 257 arrests and secured 46 convictions  within the period under review.

He said 32 persons were still under investigation while 60 others were awaiting trial.

DSP Alabi stressed that the newly appointed Commissioner, Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Police Command, Mr Joseph Mukan was committed to making the airport and its environs safe and secure for travellers, airline operators and other airport users.

He said Mr. Mukan, was the former Police Commissioner Bayelsa state before his  transfer to the Lagos airport to replace AIG Aminchi Baraya.

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Airports Authority Assures Travelers Of Safety And Comfort At Christmas

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria wishes to notify air travelers and other airport users that her network of airports across the country are fully prepared for the usual surge in passenger traffic that is the norm during the yuletide season.
According to FAAN’s  General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, security has been beefed up in all the airports especially the major international gateways in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano.
She also said they are improving on the facilities and infrastructure to ensure maximum comfort for all airport users. Recently, a brand new international terminal was commissioned for use at the Port Harcourt International Airport, a similar facility was also commissioned in Abuja on Thursday December 20, 2018.
At the premier airport, the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, the VIP lounge has been renovated to enhance passenger comfort, the carousels are working optimally, amidst other facilities upgrade currently on going.
The stories are similar at all other airports, as the Authority has put in place facilities, procedures and  systems to ensure maximum comfort, safety and security of airport users during this season and beyond.
FAAN will like to use this opportunity to appeal to passengers to please get to the airports early to conclude all check-in procedures in good time, so as to avoid the experience of missing their flights. This is important because of the heavy passenger traffic that is usually the experience around this time and also due to ongoing construction works around the Lagos and Abuja airports.
FAAN will continue to deliver on its core values of Safety, Security and Comfort
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Terrorism: FAAN Beefs Up Security At Airports

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has beefed up security and surveillance at the major airports in the country following a recent report that terrorists were sneaking into Nigeria from Syria.

The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, told newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday that the move was aimed at forestalling anything untoward from occurring at the airports.

Mrs Yakubu said special attention was being given to the Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Enugu and Port Harcourt Airports which services international passengers and were gateways into the country via air.

According to her, FAAN Aviation Security (AVSEC) was working with other sister security agencies to maintain surveillance on the perimeter fence, the cargo area, the runway and other restricted areas.

She said: “We have sent alert to all our aviation security at the airports to ensure that they improved on security, especially screening of passengers to make sure unauthorised persons don’t gain access into our terminals.

“The airside patrol is being done through the military joint force and AVSEC. They do it round the clock. There are vehicles that are parked on the airside and they escort arriving and departing passengers.’’

Yakubu said FAAN had deployed modern equipment to screen passengers and baggage before entering the terminal.

“Our Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in the terminals and the airside are all functional.

“The Anti-Bomb Squad are deployed behind the screening machines at the terminal alongside the AVSEC and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). They carry out further checks on any baggage that they suspect,’’ he said.

Yakubu also disclosed that the periodic simulation exercises to sensitise travellers and other airport users on how to manage emergency situations at the airports would soon be conducted following the fresh terrorism threat.

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Eid-El-Fitr: FAAN Assures Of Seamless Travel

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has assured all airport users that her network of airports across the country are fully ready to receive arriving and departing passengers during the Eid-El-Mubarak celebration.

Spokesperson for FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu in a statement says in line with the agency’s core mandate of ensuring seamless facilitation of air travellers, it  has put in place all necessary facilities and infrastructure to ensure safe passage and a delightful experience at all airports in Nigeria.

She advised all passengers and airport users to always get to the airports early enough as it envisage a surge in traffic, to enable them complete their check-in formalities in good time and prevent the embarrassment of missing flights.

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FAAN Absolves Amaechi’s Wife Of Assault On Airport Officials

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has debunked the allegation that wife of the Minister of Transportation, Mrs Judith Amaechi, supervised the assault and manhandling of some airport officials on May 26.

The General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, made the denial on Friday in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some online media had claimed that Amaechi and her aides assaulted the officials at the Port Harcourt International Airport.

They had alleged that the officials were assaulted because they refused her from boarding an Air Peace flight from Port Harcourt to Abuja.

However, Yakubu said: “The authority will like to state emphatically that the incident has nothing to do with the minister’s wife.

“It was between some security personnel at the airport and the airline officials.’’

Also, Mr Chris Iwarah, General Manager, Corporate Communications, Air Peace, told NAN that the airline was still investigating the alleged incident.

“We are still investigating the incident but as an airline, it is not in our character to join issues with our customers who are part of the Air Peace family,’’ he said.

NAN

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Ebola: FAAN Begins Intense Screening Of Passengers

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN  intensified thermal and body screening of inbound and outbound passengers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos as part of efforts to sensitize them on steps taken to curtail any spread of the Ebola Virus Disease.

While conducting the media around the airport, Health officials with thermal scanners subjected inbound passengers to body screening using handheld infrared equipment to ascertain their body temperature.

The use of the hand held scanners is in addition to the thermal scanners installed at various arrival points at the airport.

The new arrangement is part of measures to sensitize passengers on the on going efforts by the government to checkmate any spread of the disease.

Speaking in an interview, Regional Manager, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria ,Mrs Victoria Shinaba said an emergency contingency plan in line with International Civil Aviation Organization ( ICAO ) and World Health Organization (ICAO), had been activated to ensure that any passenger with traces of any communicable disease was isolated and attended to.

She said the new arrangement where passengers were screened bodily with the prescribed scanners was carried out to convince airports users that the authority was on top of the situation.

Mrs Shinaba said a few weeks ago, a mock exercise was carried out to prepare the relevant personnel on the procedure to adopt in the event of an outbreak of communicable disease.

According to her, FAAN would continue to stick to the public health emergency procedure to ensure that the relevant international standards were maintained.

The MMIA Manager said sanitizers and soaps had been provided at toilets at the airport to ensure passengers maintain a high level of hygiene.

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Senate Vows To Recover Debts Owed By Arik Air

Nigerian senate committee on aviation has said no political intervention will stop the federal airport authority of Nigeria from recovering all the debt owed it by Arik air.

Chairman of the committee, Adamu Aliero who emphasized this when Fedearl Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) officials appeared to defend the budget of the agency said the national assembly will give FAAN all the support it requires to recover the funds.

The lawmakers further expressed worry over the poor budget implementation of the agency.

The members of the committee also want FAAN to strictly abide by the fiscal responsibility act by remitting 25 percent of its revenue generated to government or face the wrath of the law.

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FG Sacks 22 Top Management Staff Of FAAN, Demote Others

There were indications on Wednesday that the Nigerian government may have carried out a massive retrenchment exercise at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

A strong source close to the agency confided in our correspondent that all of the agency’s directors but one, Managing Director Saleh Dunoma, lost their jobs.

Gone in the exercise are at least 22 management staff, including General Managers and Deputy General Managers.

SaharaReporters was further informed that staff from the Ministry of Transport arrived at the agency early in the morning to distribute the letters to the affected staff.

It was learnt that some of the General Managers that were not sacked by the government were heavily demoted. For instance, a General Manager on Grade Level 17 was demoted to 10, as was the agency’s Ag. Director of Finance.

As of the time of filing this story, it was gathered that the committee responsible for the exercise was still in the FAAN boardroom sending out more letters to affected staff.

Our correspondent also learnt that a forthcoming round may still affect more members of the top management.

SaharaReporters was informed that some of the affected General Managers graduated only in 2008 and 2010, but were placed on Levels 16 and 17 when they were brought into the system by a former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, about five years ago.

It was also gathered that under a new restructuring plan, the ministry might reduce the directorates in FAAN from its present 11 to six.

The demotion exercise followed a petition written to the then Ministry of Aviation by the industry unions who complained that personnel was improperly placed in the agency.

The petition led to the formation of a committee headed by the Head of Service, Winifred Oyo-Ita, while the President of the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Comrade Benjamin Okewu, as a member.

The committee carried out what it termed ‘Operation show your certificate,’ where it was discovered that several personnel who were brought into the system did not have the required qualifications or experience to hold the critical positions they were given.   It was also discovered that some of those employees even lacked letters of employments, having been engaged in the system by means of referral notes by highly-placed people in the government.

A letter was issued by the Ministry of Transport in June for the demotion of some of the personnel to levels 10, 12 and 14, but it was not effected due to the power play by some of the affected staff.

The government is said to be worried that FAAN’s overhead cost is about N800 million monthly.\

Source: SaharaReporters

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EFCC Denies Receiving N750m Bribe To Clear FAAN MD Of Corruption

The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to  a report entitled, ‘N3b Found In FAAN MD’s Bank Accounts Sparks Discontent Over His Clearance By EFCC And Shabby Running Of The Agency’, which appeared in the online news portal, Saharareporters, on Monday October 3, 2016  with claims that the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Saleh Dunoma was cleared of corruption allegations by the Commission after paying bribe to unnamed officials of the EFCC and the Ministry of Transport.

The EFCC is scandalized by this report which is capable of raising doubts in the mind of the public regarding the integrity of the agency.

As an agency that has zero tolerance for corruption, the Commission views with seriousness issues of integrity and has repeatedly asked those with evidence of corruption among the ranks of its officers to come forward, which in this case should have included the names of the officers allegedly involved, and the time and place where they collected the alleged gratification. But there was no such evidence in the report which to all intent and purposes appears contrived.

For the avoidance of doubt, the EFCC wishes to state that at no time did it issue any clearance to any managing director of FAAN, which makes the story specious.

Mr. Wilson Uwujaren

Head of Media and Publicity

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N3bn Found In Bank Accounts Of FAAN MD After Being Cleared of Corruption By The EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has discovered at least N3 billion in numerous bank accounts of the managing director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Saleh Dunoma, SaharaReporters is reporting.

According to the report, a source said the funds in the account were discovered four months ago by the EFCC after a security screening was carried out on him.

The report claimed that Dunoma was cleared by the EFCC despite a swing of evidence of corrupt practices found against him after he allegedly gave N750 million to the officials in the anti-graft agency, minister of state for aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, Ministry of Transport, and some officials in the presidency.

Nevertheless, some management staff of FAAN were said to have leaked some documents through the EFCC because they were displeased at how he was cleared. Despite the leak, the EFCC is yet to act.

“How can someone who has been a civil servant all his life come about N3 billion in his accounts, properties in Dubai and Singapore and yet, was cleared by EFCC? That’s the part of the corruption we are talking about.

“FAAN today has a management crisis as there is a cold war among the directors, who felt they have not been properly treated by the management. For instance, Ogunode was appointed an acting MD in the absence of Dunoma, but he’s not active.

“FAAN is being run by Kabir and one Mrs. Awe in his office. These two people are the ones implementing the posting of officers in FAAN to out stations and without Dunoma’s signature,” said a source.

However, the source, accredited the mismanagement of the agency to corruption of top officials in the Ministry of Transport.

In June, the government, was set to demote at least 40 general managers and deputy general managers in the FAAN because some were referred to the system by politicians and placed on grade level 16 and above.

“The government was determined to ensure proper placement of staff in FAAN at the initial stage because of the grumbling among some who felt that younger people with less experience and qualifications were placed above them, but all of a sudden, the government went mute on this. Some of the directors too are even over 60 years old and still, they don’t want to go.

“For instance, our director of administration, Mr Nkechi Uko, is over 60 years old and he’s still in office. He has refused to go and the management even knows that his file indicated that he’s over 60 years old.

“But despite retiring, he and some others are busy lobbying the minister,” said a source. READ ALSO: FG Set to Build New International Terminal at Abuja Airport However, the report claims that Dunoma owns a house and shopping mall in Dubai as well as a hotel in Singapore which are being managed by one of his two children.

Mr. Dunoma was employed by the aviation agency in 1980 and under the civil engineering department of the non-operational Nigeria Airports Authority which was later transformed into the FAAN. He was later appointed director of engineering services in February 2009. Barely five years later, he was appointed managing director of FAAN.

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