The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has restated that contrary to an online report Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos is safe and secure.
The authority in a statement by its general manager, corporate affairs, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu made this assertion sequel to a report “Insecurity looms as okada riders take over Lagos airport” emphasizing that commercial motorcycling is prohibited around the airport.
“Concerning a story on the above subject published by Leadership Newspaper, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) will like to inform the general public that contrary to the opinion of the writer, there is no looming insecurity in Murtala Muhammed Airport. Also, the picture of Okadas attached to the online article is not that of the MMA or any other Nigerian airport. The airport is safe and secure.
“FAAN will like to use this opportunity to re-emphasise that commercial motorcycling around the airport axis has been prohibited and remains so, as indicated by the various signages within and around the airport corridor.
“Enforcement of this policy has also been intensive and comprehensive. In the year 2021, a total of 69 motorcycles were confiscated and transferred to the Lagos State Government for crushing by the Aviation Security Department.
“Additionally, a good number of motorcycles have been seized again and will soon be transferred to the Lagos State Government for crushing,” the statement read in part.
It further said that FAAN has a standing committee comprising officials from AVSEC and other security agencies that are constantly patrolling to arrest erring operators, to put a final stop to this menace.
“Finally, while we reassure our customers that the Murtala Muhammed Airport is safe and secure, we also plead with our esteemed stakeholders to please desist from deliberately spreading false and misleading information about our airports and our industry. It is not in our national interest,” it added.