NAHCO Plc, an aviation ground handling company, has given its full support to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on the arrest of its own staff and some other airport staff for touting and other vices.
NAHCO commended FAAN in a statement issued by its Head of Corporate Communications Mr. Sesan Akinrinmade in Lagos.
FAAN had earlier stated in a statement that it arrested staff of NAHCO Pls, Patovilki Nigeria Limited, Lakewood Services, and other airport staff for touting and extortion at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
According to FAAN in the statement, the touts were arrested for various acts of illegality including Fake Covid-19 test results, Touting, unauthorised entry, trespass, illegal facilitation, forgery, loitering, theft, public nuisance and arguments, amongst others.
Of the total arrested, 59 were handed over to the airport police command in Abuja for prosecution, while 30 were handed over to the police force in Lagos for the same.
“FAAN will like to use this opportunity to warn those that do not have any legitimate business at the airports, as well as airport staff carrying out illegal duties to desist from such acts, as the Authority will not hesitate to arrest and hand over such individuals for prosecution,” said FAAN.
According to NAHCO, “NAHCO is in support of the arrest of airport staff for touting and other vices. We commend the move.
“NAHCO is a responsible player in the industry, as such, will not condone any form of illegality. We urge FAAN to always carry us along in this fight. The current move will in no small measure help our industry to grow as well as bring sanity to the airports.
“We will however engage FAAN, to provide us the details of our personnel alleged to be involved, to enable us to activate our internal disciplinary process as we currently do not have any clue as to who is involved, when, and in what capacity.”