Absence of Sniffer Dogs, Minimal Military Presence at Airports Bother Air Travellers

Air travellers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) on Saturday decried the absence of sniffer dogs and the lack of adequate military and police personnel to assist the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), secure the airports across the country.

FAAN’s security outfit, in collaboration with the army, had foiled two attempts of suspected Boko Haram members to unleash havoc at the airport at the tail end of 2015 while claiming they were on surveillance mission at the airport.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, at the height of the recent airport bombing across Europe, had assured that government was deploying sniffer dogs across the airports to complement the efforts of FAAN security outfit.

The passengers who spoke under anonymity complained that placing the pictures of wanted Boko Haram members at the airport by the military is not enough measure to check the insurgents.

They decried the inadequate presence of police and military personnel to assist the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) security outfit.

According to them, FAAN staff are obviously too overwhelmed by the large number of travellers during the period. One of them said: “Look around you, can you see any sniffer dog or a CCTV camera?”

The ministry, THISDAY however gathered, had deployed long distance CCTV cameras around the airport.

The Acting Chief Security (CSO), of Aviation Security (AVESEC) Mr. Abdulraham Kayode Mamman, hinted that efforts had been made to intensify security at the airport following the ministry’s directive that security must be beefed up there.

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