New Security Measures Introduced For Abuja Airport – Chief Security Officer

nnamdi-azikiwe-airport-abuja1An Aviation Security official at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, said on Monday that new security measures had been introduced at the airport.

Retired Col. James Oladipo, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Chief Security Officer at the airport, made the development known during an interview in Abuja.

He said the new security measures taken by FAAN included the gathering of data for the identification of workers at the airport, introduction of a new gate pass and ban on motorcycles.

Oladipo said other measures were the total eradication of touts and hawkers as well as the screening of passengers and airport users at the gate before entry.

“One of the measures carried out was to eradicate touts and hawkers completely through our `Operation Flush Out the Touts’ that was carried out in collaboration with the police. Another one we have succeeded in is that all the parking lots at the airport have been designated and traffic flow has greatly improved; we have introduced a new gate pass to control the influx of people to the airport.

“We have equally ensured that all airport workers, including concessioners, car hire dealers, shop owners, airline staff, government agencies’ staff and all others are captured in the on-going identification process,” Oladipo said.

Oladipo also stated that the aviation security was in collaboration with other security agencies, such as the army, police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and Federal Road Safety Corps, to ensure improved security at the airport.

Also mentioned as part of security measures is the utilization of sniffer dogs which are used three times a week to check likely security threats at the airport, especially around the perimeter fence.

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