The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has beefed up security and surveillance at the major airports in the country following recent reports of terrorists sneaking into Nigeria from Syria.
The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos on Tuesday said the move was aimed at forestalling any attack at the airports.
It was earlier reported that Leaders of ISIS were sneaking battle-hardened jihadis from Syria into Nigeria to train terrorists for possible attacks in Britain.
She stated that special attention was being given to Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Enugu and Port Harcourt Airports which services international passengers and were gateways into the country via air.
Yakubu pointed out that FAAN Aviation Security, AVSEC, is working with other sister security agencies to maintain surveillance on the perimeter fence, the cargo area, the runway and other restricted areas.
She said: “We have sent alert to all our aviation security at the airports to ensure that they improved on security, especially screening of passengers to make sure unauthorised persons don’t gain access into our terminals.
“The airside patrol is being done through the military joint force and AVSEC. They do it round the clock. There are vehicles that are parked on the airside and they escort arriving and departing passengers.’
“Our Closed Circuit Television cameras in the terminals and the airside are all functional.
“The Anti-Bomb Squad are deployed behind the screening machines at the terminal alongside the AVSEC and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency . They carry out further checks on any baggage that they suspect.’’