Government beefs up security at airports to forestall attack
Nigeria condemns violence in Turkey
Terrified by the recent terrorist attack in Ataturk International Airport, Istanbul, Turkey, the Federal Government has beefed up security at airports across the country to ensure that safety is not compromised.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has described the Tuesday ‘s terrorists attacks in Turkey, leading to the loss of dozens of lives as yet another dastardly and criminal acts by those he called cowards.
In a letter to his Turkish counterpart a day after the incident, the Nigerian President commiserated with President Recep Tayyep Erdogan and the entire people of Turkey on this horrific attack on their soil by evil forces who have nothing to do with Islam despite their warped beliefs.
The letter reads in part: “On behalf of the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I wish to convey my heartfelt sympathy to you and the people of Turkey on the shocking terrorist attack at the Ataturk Airport yesterday.
“We condemn in the strongest terms these criminal, cowardly attacks, wherever they might occur as an attack on all decent, democratic and peaceful people. Every terrorist attack only strengthens Nigeria’s resolve to stand shoulder to shoulder with Turkey and other countries in the frontline of the war on terror.
“Our government calls on all peace-loving nations to commit themselves wholeheartedly to multi-lateral cooperation and collaborative actions aimed at eradicating the scourge of international terrorism.”
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) yesterday said that modern technology, including the installation of 3D screening machines, metal detectors and Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, had been deployed at all Nigerian airports to forestall any form of security breach.
The authority urged passengers, especially as the Sallah holiday approaches, to be wary of strangers and suspicious activities around the airports.
The General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Yakubu Dati, yesterday said that all airport users, especially passengers and airline operators, must be security conscious at the airports, following the spate of recent security breaches, including bomb blasts, at some airports around the world.
Dati said: “Passengers are advised not to accept any luggage from anyone and to report any suspicious movements or behaviour immediately to aviation security personnel in the terminals.”