The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said that equipment have been deployed to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) in Abuja and the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos to improve the safety of members of the public.
The FAAN Aviation Security Services Director, Usman Sodiq made the announcement during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). “The deployment of the security equipment was based on the dynamic challenges at the various airports, as well as their respective threat assessments.” He said.
The equipment include screening machines, IED vapour detectors, and hand-held scanners. According to him, the airports are now automated and the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved deployment of K9, which are dogs that are specifically trained to assist police. He added said that FAAN had concluded issue of arms to its personnel to cover areas that ordinarily would not be covered without such kind of protective equipment.
“Based on threat assessments, we looked at areas that require these equipment, for instance, they called from Makurdi today that they needed additional screening machines, so we have to work towards that.”