The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has beefed up security levels and alertness at airports across the country, following the recent twin explosions and gunfire that rocked Istanbul’s Ataturk international airport in Turkey, leaving 36 people dead and more than 40 people wounded.
According to FAAN, modern technology, including the installation of 3D screening machines, metal detectors and Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, had been deployed at all Nigerian airports to forestall any form of security breach.
“The authority has put adequate security measures in place at all Nigerian airports to forestall any form of security breach, including the installation of 3D screening machines, metal detectors and CCTV cameras.
“Apart from the statutory security and safety measures already in place at the airports, sniffer dogs and members of the Bomb Detection Unit of the Nigerian Police Force have also been deployed at the airports to complement the efforts of our aviation security personnel at the security screening points.”
The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati, who stated this on Thursday, said the agency was constrained to advise all airport users, especially passengers and airline operators, to be security conscious. He urged passengers and other airport users to be security conscious whenever they were at airports in the country, especially as the Sallah holiday approaches.
He also advised passengers not to accept luggage from anyone and to report any suspicious movement or behaviour to aviation security personnel in the airport terminals.
The Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Turkey has come under series of suicide bombing Tuesday evening, June 28, killing at least 36 people and leaving several others injured. According to Turkish authorities, 23 Turks, 10 foreigners and three dual nationals were among the dead.
Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport is the third-busiest airport in the world, the main entry point for the majority of the more than 30 million people who visit Turkey every year — including Nigerians who deals in Turkey fashion clothes. It’s also the hub of Turkish Airlines, the country’s only known international brand and the gateway to doing business in Istanbul.