The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), on Saturday, unveil the identity of the stowaway that climbed the Azman Airline at Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos as Nigerien-born Usman Adamu.
FAAN Managing Director, Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu says the authority has launched an investigation that led to the suspension of four staff, with a view to ascertaining the remote and immediate causes of the security breach.
He stated this at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) in an interview with reports on the Friday incident.
Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu said, “With regards to the identified suspect, an investigation is ongoing to ascertain his intent, be it criminal or not and his psychological state.”
Yadudu said, “the suspected stowaway, identified as Usman Adamu suspected to be a Nigerien , 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 taxiway and attempted to gain access to the aircraft, while it was taxing to the holding point.”
He recalled that the same suspect was arrested at the same airport previously, noting that, “the patrol security team arrested the same suspect on the night of Sunday the 14th of July 2019 within the Airport premises.”
The FAAN MD noted that “the suspect profile pictures were taken and he was subsequently evacuated out of the Airport to a very far location in accordance with our standard procedure. We are now reviewing this procedure in light of this incident.”
Yadudu noted that “at the conclusion of this investigation, all officers who are found negligent in the discharge of their assigned duties would be held fully accountable.”
He, however, Yadudu said FAAN assures the traveling public that security measures would be scaled up at airports across the country so as to forestall recurrence.