The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has raised the alarm over a purported plan by criminal elements on six airports in the country.
The warning followed recent attacks on the Kaduna International Airport by bandits during which members of staff of Federal Airport Authority were abducted.
This was made known in a memo addressed to airports Security Chiefs and signed by S.M. Mamman, FAAN Deputy General Manager of Administration and Logistics, dated April 9.
According to the memo, the airports on the list included those in Kaduna, Sokoto, Maiduguri, Kano, Abuja, and Lagos.
The memo read in part: “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," it said.
The airport Security chiefs have conseqently been directed to “submit a list of existing and additional countermeasures to address the threats, along with their cost implications where applicable”.
They were equally expected to 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”.