Nigeria Suspends Top Airport Officials Over Turkish Airline Passengers' Embarrassment

4 years ago by: Mister Jay Wonder
(m) at 28-12-2015 08:34AM (4 years ago)

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The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has ordered the suspension of three top officials of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, over the recent incident involving Turkish Airlines at the airport.

Mr. Sirika disclosed this on Sunday in Abuja while briefing journalists after listening to explanations by the airport officials on the incident.

He added that the ministry had also ordered thorough investigation to ascertain the cause of the breach, as well as why the airline brought in passengers without their luggage.

The suspended officials, according to him, are the Airport Manager, Terminal Manager and Head of
Airport Security, who were ordered to hand over to their next in rank pending the conclusion of the investigation.

The minister said the explanation by the officials of the airport that the security personnel on duty were overpowered was not acceptable, ordering for thorough investigation into the incident.

He stated that the actions of the passengers, forcing their ways into the tarmac and blocking the aircraft from taking off was a security breach which must not be condoned.
“There has been an unfortunate incident where some agitated passengers of the Turkish Airlines arrived without their luggage making them to force their way into the tarmac which is a breach of security.

The explanation given is not satisfactory because the primary purpose of the government is to ensure safety of lives and property of its citizens.
The cardinal objective of this administration is to secure the country and manage it and we cannot fail in aviation and we cannot fail in this important assignment at a very important point.

We have ordered for the investigation into the matter immediately and all the people that are manning the various places; Airport Manager, Terminal Manager and Head of Security, should handover to the next man in rank pending the outcome of the investigation.

“As to the airline also, the Consumer Protection Unit of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has been ordered to find out what happened, how compliant they are and deal with it accordingly,” he said.

Earlier, Bashir Hausawa, Acting Head of Security, explained to the minister that the security personnel were overpowered by the angry passengers over the non-arrival of their luggage.

Mr. Hausawa added that the shortage of manpower was responsible for the incident, adding that there was only one man manning luggage area of the airport during the incident.
He said they were 192 security men manning the whole of the airport resulting in the shortage of manpower distribution to various units.

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kp45 (m) at 28-12-2015 09:05AM
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Na wa o
Raphaeltaiwo (m) at 28-12-2015 09:31AM
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Unfortunate incident
gogoman (m) at 28-12-2015 10:35AM
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na today una dey fail madam
zezprincess (f) at 28-12-2015 10:36AM
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Its a pity,just one security personnel available during the incident&he was overpowered,Naija,But why suspending them,have it been that you govt employ more hands,this should not have happened,Aviation minister,I raise my ikebe up for you.
winace (f) at 28-12-2015 10:51AM
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See dem. Shortage of man power wen we have so many unemployment rate is high. Meanwhile they shld get d guys luggage haba
Novic (m) at 28-12-2015 01:29PM
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That was great.
Ayodun1 (m) at 28-12-2015 02:07PM
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Make them go Sidon for house small..

eric2000 (m) at 28-12-2015 04:53PM
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don't can a person get that close to a Turkish least for security will not happen in any other country in the world
teral (m) at 28-12-2015 06:10PM
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Minister my friend.  I like ur Action but I want you to understand.  How it feels for you to travel  and your aids  telling you  they forgot  your baggage  this stupid  turkish airline  did the same  trash in lagos  2013 January  7 when I travel  to Nigeria.  I can understand  xmas  period  but not later than  24 hur. They should  pay a  fine
uuuuuuuu (m) at 28-12-2015 09:43PM
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Na so na so
uuuuuuuu (m) at 28-12-2015 09:44PM
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Na so na so
AmazingMarie (f) at 29-12-2015 11:44AM
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decisive action against airing officers. too many youths out there unemployed and here they re talking of man power shortage to man the security section. arrant nonsense
botlex (m) at 29-12-2015 12:11PM
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Yeah, this is good. For once this country is taking the shape i want it to be.
Oworen25 (m) at 30-12-2015 09:47AM
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This is very good for them they think that they can come here and embarrass us anyhow.
moralemike07 (m) at 4-01-2016 11:51PM
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