Following the intrusion of the air field of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport by a young man of about 25 years yesterday, the Managing Director of Federal Airports Authority Nigeria (FAAN), Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu had inspected the site of the incident and commended the Aviation Security personnel for prompt arrest of the intruder.
At about 0850hrs of 27th December
2019, the young man was sighted around the air field by FAAN Aviation Security
(AVSEC) personnel manning the Charlie One (C1) link/holding area.
The AVSEC personnel on static guard duties at the area rushed to stop his further movement towards a taxiing Air Peace aircraft numbered APK 7252 and with registration number (CS-TQU) and a struggle ensued. All efforts to stop the intruder by the unarmed AVSEC personnel failed as the intruder continued to resist arrest.
While the struggle was ongoing, the AVSEC personnel called for reinforcement and alerted the pilot of CS-TQU of the intrusion, and to delay the aircraft to allow for a successful apprehension of the intruder.
The intruder was eventually apprehended by the AVSEC personnel with the support of the reinforcement and has been taken into custody for investigations.
The aircraft was also advised to return to base for necessary safety/ security inspections in line with standard procedure. Subsequently, the aircraft departed Lagos at 10:16, with 171 passengers, and 6 crew members.
According to FAAN boss, the arrest was timely and the pilot was professional in protecting the flight as he was not even aware of any intrusion until he was alerted him.