FAAN Arrests Arik Airline Staff Over Extortion 

Yemisi Izuora

The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has arrested a staff of Arik airline while soliciting bribe from a travelling passenger at the General Aviation Terminal, GAT, Lagos.

The arrest was a fallout of an emergency meeting of FAAN Management meeting  following reports of incessant extortion of passengers by airport officials at the nation’s airports.

At the meeting which had in attendance the MD/CE, Directors of the Authority, Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr Jumoke Oduwole, Airport Managers and Airport Chiefs of Security, FAAN MD, Yuguda warned that anyone caught in such act will be dealt with.

After the arrest, On Duty Card of the erring staff was withdrawn immediately, and immediately handed over to the relevant security agency for appropriate action in order to serve as deterrent to other bad eggs in the airport.

Recent embarrassing online videos where passengers complained of acts of extortion at the nation’s airport had necessitated the need to devise multi level strategies to curb the menace.

The meeting also resolved that henceforth, any erring airport official caught soliciting for bribes at the nation’s airports will be permanently denied access to working at the airports. Officials were also directed to always wear conspicuous name tags anytime they are on duty.

The MD/CE, Captain Yadudu further directed the Airport Managers to ensure that all stakeholders at the airports are properly sensitized on the new development as there will be no sacred cows.

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