Insecurity: FAAN Deploys Armed Aviation Officers In Lagos, Kano, Abuja, Other Airports

In other to secure the lives of passengers as well as attack on facilities at the nation’s international airports, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), on Monday, commissioned 120 officers of the Aviation Security (AVSEC) Special Force that have been trained to bear arms as part of the mission to beef up security.

Speaking at the commissioning of the personnel at the international wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport Lagos, the managing director of FAAN, Olubunmi Kuku, said the authority had taken a remarkable moment to get Nigeria aviation security team kitted in line with the global standards.

According to the FAAN MD, the special forces were trained as an elite squad to complement the aviation security staff at airports across the country.

“This is for them to help us in terms of securing our assets, in terms of helping to secure lives, as well as the people within the aviation environment specifically at the airports. So again, as I mentioned, it’s remarkable for us, we’re happy that we spent a significant amount of time in terms of training them, in terms of identifying the sorts of individuals that are part of this squad.”

“They’re quite professional, as you can see, and they will continue to engage as well as work closely with other security agencies.”

The FAAN MD allayed passengers fears that the security team would deploy their arms for use as excessive force in the course of their duty.

She, however, cautioned passengers and airport users to go about their businesses in an orderly manner.

“The arms they carry today shows that they are now an elite squad that will complement the aviation security staff that we have. What is critical is that we want to make sure that we can deter people. We hope that we do not have to use force . In the event that they need to, they will coordinate with all of the other security agencies. The focus is to make sure that they are helping us in terms of executing all of our desires, specifically around making sure that there are no illegal activities that go on.”

Speaking on the facilities where the personnel will be deployed, the FAAN boss said, “We are starting with the five international airports. That’s Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano, and Enugu. There is a similar exercise going on. We do have about 120 people who have been trained. It is a recurring training program.

In Lagos, I believe we have about 30 of them.”

“As mentioned, the special squad role will be to critically work with all of the other security agencies. This is very important. And I say it’s a significant milestone. You can see them,they’re gallant , they’re kitted, they’re ready to protect, and they’re ready to serve.”

She expressed gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, and the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, for their support in achieving this noble objective.

“We are quite grateful for the support that we have received from the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo, as well as from the National Security Adviser. And of course, the Office of the President, in getting us up to this point. We did have some challenges starting off initially, but with their support, we’ve been able to get this rolling. So we’re grateful. And we’re ready to serve.”

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