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FAAN clears Lagos airport of touts, hawkers

by Azeez Buki

Following growing complaints about heavy presence of touts around the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has raided the ITZ 1 & 2 landslides, car parks and the airport’s access roads.

During the raid, FAAN said it apprehended 21 persons which included touts, hawkers and mobile bureau de-change operators, whom the authority described as “perpetrators of illegitimate activities.”

Director, Public Affairs & Consumer Protection, FAAN, Abdullahi Yakubu-Funtua said a Joint Monitoring Task Force (JMTF) and the Aviation Security Crime Investigation & Intelligence (AVSEC-CII) Unit carried out the raid during which some cable thieves and other miscreants were  apprehended.

“On Friday the 4th of August 2023, the Murtala  Muhammed Airport (MMA) JMTF and AVSEC-CII raided the ITZ 1 & 2 landside, the carparks  and the airport access roads.

“In the course of the raid, a total of  21 persons including touts, illegal  foreign exchange dealers, hawkers and scavengers were arrested. The apprehended  suspects  have since been  transferred to the Nigerian Police Force through the CII for further necessary  action,” Funtua said in a statement.

FAAN warned that anyone who has no legitimate business at the airports should  please desist from approaching the airports, adding that the safety  and security of  airport users  and the airport environment is of utmost importance and cannot be compromised.

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