Sunday 21 October 2012

FAAN security staff nabbed over attempt to smuggle $1.4.

By Lateef Lawal

A security staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria(FAAN) has been nabbed for attempting to smuggle the sum of $1.4million through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos yesterday.
The suspect,  according to the General Manager, Corporate Communications of the Authority, Mr Yakubu Dati, was arrested at about 11.55am yesterday (October 20, 2012).
The Aviation Security staff whose name was given simply as A. Adetula was neither on duty nor on official assignment at the time of his arrest by security personnel at the Customs Currency Declaration Desk and has since been handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission[EFCC] custody for further investigations as to whether he owned the huge sum or was on an errand for yet to be known personality for money laundering mission in one of the European countries .
The FAAN spokesman, Dati commenting on the development said,:”The Authority wishes to commend the joint efforts of the EFCC, Customs, Police and other security personnel who aided his arrest, and to assure them of its unalloyed assistance in unraveling this financial crime, particularly as the staff was acting on his own accord”.
He added,:”We wish to also assure the public that FAAN is committed to restructuring the organisation to purge it of all dis-honourable characters as it transforms into a modern and efficient entity”.
It would be re-called that in June the year, men of the Nigerian Police from the office of the Inspector General of Police arrested two officials of the FAAN Security Department for an alleged theft of $20,000 from the hand-held purse of a passenger at the screening point of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
The passenger, as earlier reported by this medium then had to lodge official complaint to the Inspector General of Police when the Managing Director of the Authority who was intimated with the incident by the victim failed to act on the matter.
Consequent arrest of the suspected staff [a male and a female] by the I.G team later led to the discovery of some sums of foreign currencies in the residence of the female suspect in Mafoluku area, Oshodi, Lagos.

Courtesy: Nigerian Aviation News.


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