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NCAA charges police on security to curb stowaways at airports


ncaa-airport-aviationNIGERIAN Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), yesterday charged the new Commissioner of Police, Airport Command, Taiwo Lakanu, to ensure that the incessant cases of stowaways is stopped at airports in the country.

Speaking yesterday in Lagos, the Director General, NCAA, Captain Mukhtar Usman, reiterated the serious concern over the security challenges at the airports, especially stowaway cases, crowd control and touting at the terminals.

Usman said this while receiving the new commissioner of police at his Aviation House office in Lagos.

He told the police chief to ensure everything is done to curb this menace, which is capable of creating negative impression on the safety of the industry.

The DG added that security and safety are the hallmark of the global aviation industry and therefore should not be compromised in any form.

He further stated that this has become more important as Nigeria is preparing for the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Security Audit soon.

He emphasized on the need for the regulatory body and Police Command to work together to ensure impregnable security network within and around the airports.

His words: “As far as ICAO is concerned, Nigeria is to be audited and we are expected to meet the ICAO Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs).”

The DG further advocated for continuous surveillance on the movement of passengers at the ramp. He promised to ensure the provision of CCTV cameras, patrol vans and other security equipment to assist in curbing touting and insecurity around airports.

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