The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has raised alarm over planned attacks on airports across the country following an alert it received from the Ministry of Aviation.
In a memo sighted by The Nation, the airport regulatory body, through its Deputy General Manager of Administration and Logistics, S.M. Mamman, disclosed that the airports of concern are those in Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Sokoto and Kano States.
“I am directed to convey an alert from the Ministry of Aviation regarding security threats by criminal elements against Airports in Nigeria and to request for the immediate enumeration of necessary countermeasures for the protection of Airports/facilities under your purview.
“Specifically, the Airports top on the list for which criminals are considering carrying out attacks include those in Kaduna, Maiduguri, Sokoto, Kano, Abuja, and Lagos amongst others. However, all airports are hereby alerted and requested to operate at a heightened threat level.
“The airport chiefs have been directed to “submit a list of existing and additional countermeasures to address the threats, along with their cost implications where applicable.
“Also, they are expected to urgently convene an emergency meeting of airport security committees “to review the status of airport security, jointly recommend appropriate measures and share responsibility for effective implementation”.