ENUGU AIRPORT’S LOSS IS PORT HARCOURT AND OWERRI’S GAIN AS AIRPORT CLOSES FOR REPAIRS

[File] Front view of the domestic wing of Akanu-Ibiam International Airport Enugu<br />PHOTO: LAWRENCE NJOKU Airlines’ operators may have settled for the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri, Imo State, and Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA) in Rivers State, as alternative to the Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu, currently closed for repairs. The move follows the proposal by South-east governors for traffic to be diverted to Owerri to ease the difficulties of air travel into the region while the Enugu airport closure lasted. Chief Pilot of a local carrier yesterday, said…

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ENUGU AIRPORT TO BE CLOSED INDEFINITELY

Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Federal Government has said it plans to close the runway at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu for major repairs and works on the airfield. The closure will become effective from midnight of August 24, 2019 but no date has been given for the reopening. The General Manager, Corporate Affairs of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, said on Saturday that the aim was to resolve the existing safety and security concerns to flight  operations. “A date to reopen the runway will be communicated in…

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MAN WHO CLIMBED LAGOS PLANE WING IS A NIGERIEN, SAYS POLICE, SEE PIX

The moment a man climbed on the wing on an aircraft at the Lagos Airport. Photo: The Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos Police Command, has identified the man who climbed an aircraft at the airport on Friday as Usman Adamu from the neighbouring Republic of Niger. The spokesperson for the Command, DSP Joseph Alabi, disclosed the identity of the 32-year-old Nigerien to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos. Alabi said the Nigerien, who is currently being held by the command, could not speak or understand English Language. He, however,…

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AIRPORT SECURITY BREACH: FAN SUSPENDS 4 HEADS OF AIRPORT SECURITY UNITS

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has suspended indefinitely, the Aviation Security unit heads. This is to allow investigations into the incident of an airside incursion at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos on Friday. Earlier on, a man was sighted trying to climb into an Azman aircraft waiting for clearance from Air Traffic Controllers. According to the General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, replacements of the affected officers have been detailed in the interim. “Following the unfortunate airside incursion at the Murtala Muhammed…

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HOW 7 KANO AIRPORT OFFICIALS WERE PICKED FOR INSERTING DRUGS IN PASSENGERS LUGGAGE

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) has arrested and arraigned 7 airport cartels suspected to be planting hard drugs in passengers’ luggage! The cartel was uncovered after NDLEA detectives embarked on further investigation of a Nigerian lady who was arrested in Saudi Arabia for drug possession. The accused include Idris Umar Shehu(alias Umar Sanda) Sanni Suleiman,Nuhu Adamu, Rhoda Adetunji, Udosen Itoro Henry and Sanni Hamisu. The lady that was caught is called Zainab, caught with tramadol planted by Airport staff at Aminu International Airport, Kano and she has been executed…

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THEFTS IN AND AROUND AIRPORTS: FG TIGHTENS SECURITY

 Expands CCTV coverage area, reinforces patrols, profiles security personnel By Chinedu Eze Following rising cases of theft, including a recent robbery of a private jet waiting to take off after bandits accessed the airside of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, the federal government has reinforced the security apparatus at the nation’s airports, THISDAY has learnt. The new strategy, it was learnt, includes the expansion of areas covered by the Close-Circuit Television (CCTV), reinforcement of security team that patrols all areas of the airports, profiling of Aviation Security (AVSEC)…

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