The Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu has revealed that the man that climbed the Azman Airline at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, on Friday is a Nigerien named Usman Adamu.
ElombahNews reported yesterday how passengers aboard a Port Harcourt-bound Azman Air flight were thrown into panic oafter a yet-to-be-identified man climbed the aircraft while it was about to take off at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja.
According to a viral video shot by one of the passengers in Lagos, the man illegally gained access to the airside with a hand luggage.
The video also showed that the man illegally climbed the aircraft wing and deposited the bag inside one of the engines.
Speaking on Saturday at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) in Kano, Captain Yadudu said that “with regards to the identified suspect, investigation is ongoing to ascertain his intent, be it criminal or not and his mental/psychological state.”
Talking to newsmen in reaction to the incident, Yadudu said:
“The suspect, identified as Usman Adamu suspectedly of Nigerien origin, and who claimed to be residing at No 1 Araromi Street , Iyana Ipaja on the 19th July, 2019 was reported to have appeared at the domestic end of the taxi way and attempted to gain access to the aircraft, while it was taxing to the holding point.”
According to him, “the pilot alerted the Air traffic control and the message was intercepted by the Aviation Security control monitoring centre who mobilized the patrol teams to the incident. He was apprehended, detained and is currently with the Airport Police Command, as our investigation progresses.”
Continuing, the FAAN MD noted that, “the FAAN authority considers this incident a serious security breach and an Airside incursion.
“This is unfortunate and most embarrassing bearing in mind the huge effort and resources dedicated to the maintenance of the integrity of Airside and Airport safety.
“We do understand that the security wheel is ever revolving with new and emerging threats daily and we have been working with all our stakeholders and the regulatory agency (NCAA) in addressing our living security challenges.”
he pointed out that the same suspect had been arrested before in the same airport on the night of Sunday the 14th of July 2019, adding:
“His profile pictures were taken and he was subsequently evacuated out of the Airport to a very far location in accordance with our standard procedure.”
He said that FAAN is now reviewing this procedure in the light of this incident and that, “at the conclusion of this investigation, all officers who are found negligent in the discharge of their assigned duties shall be held fully accountable.”