FAAN Say Officials Not Authorized To Collect Cash From Passengers  

…Denies N78M Scandal

Yemisi Izuora

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has advised passengers to desist from giving money and to report any official from any agency that requests money under any guise.

The Authority will like to inform passengers and other airport users that there is no aspect of its services at the airports that is being paid for by cash.

Arriving passengers are expected to have gone through the COVID-19 test before boarding their flights from ports of departure, therefore they should not pay any money whatsoever to any airport official for the purpose.

All COVID-19 measures put in place at the airports are free for passengers and does not attract any charges.

Meanwhile, the recent allegation that some airport officials in Abuja were collecting money from returning passengers on evacuation flights is already being investigated by all agencies at the airport.

The Authority appealed to passengers once again to always ensure adherence to all safety and security measures at the airports.

Meanwhile, FAAN, has reacted to a report making rounds on a passenger’s missing N78m found in an account of a top management staff’s son.

“This is by far the most unfortunate misrepresentation of reality and FAAN  is considerably irked by the reckless reportage from one Sunday Okim of the NewsExpress medium willfully providing wrong information and unprofessionally attaching it to comments to further another cause.

“FAAN wonders how Mr. Okim attached a questionnaire directed at FAAN and somehow linked it to a travelling passenger and wonders how N78million moved from said passenger to the account of the son of a top management staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

“The Airport Authority also wonders who the nameless passenger is and if such monies were declared at any point by the passenger or even reported to the police as it is a criminal offense.

“How did the said passenger transport such a huge sum of money to the airport? And he/she refused to report the missing money to any security agency?  All these, questions the veracity of this story to a right thinking mind.” the agency said in a statement.

The Authority also questioned the rationale behind a story that has no depth, doesn’t tell anyone where the passenger was coming from or going or how the money left the passenger whether stolen or transferred.

The Authority also expressed surprise that the story did not mention the airline that the passenger travelled with or what day or month this incident happened as this is akin to very bad journalism and the writers of such depthless misrepresentation should not parade themselves as members of the fourth estate.

A text message emanating from Mr Okim had read: I’d like you to react to information. We are told one of your security men, a son of one of your top management staff, M.D Musa, G.M Admin, under your H.R dept was caught with multi-million naira discovered in his personal bank account. Has the matter been reported to the relevant security agency? Thank you for your prompt response.

There is nothing wrong with an enquiry but providing wrong context to sensationalize serious matters and bring organizations to disrepute is unprofessional and shows the shallow depth of the writer to gain followership on his social media handles.

According to FAAN, At no point did this individual talk about any passenger losing N78 million neither was there any passenger that reported N78 million to Aviation security staff at any of the nation’s airports and neither have we been asked by the Nigeria Police in any state to explain a N78 million theft at any of our airports.

“We view Mr. Okim’s story as intentionally orchestrated to make the authority look bad and frown on such an act. We have asked our legal department to contact, New Express and its Editor to explain legally how the inquiry made translates to the mischievous story that has been trending on social media.” said FAAN.

In the meantime, FAAN is asking Mr, Okim to provide evidence of his story or retract as soon as possible, the choice is his and so is the lawful consequence of his action, demands Henrietta Yakubu (Mrs)General Manager Corporate Affairs of FAAN.

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