Wednesday 3 July 2013

AIC Police aide threatens to gun down FAAN staff at Lagos airport

Aviation Nigeria

A police officer attached to and AIC Limited, owned by Harry Akande on Tuesday threatened to ‘gun down’ an official of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) premises Lagos.

AIC on Tuesday stormed the airport premises to reclaim the land which was taken away from the company but was resisted by FAAN security officials.

The duel has continued over a piece of land leased to the company by FAAN over 10 years ago for the development of a hotel facility at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

A fortnight ago, FAAN won a court ruling over the land as the Federal High Court in Lagos set aside the decision of arbitration that awarded the company $48 million to be paid by FAAN, as compensation for ejection of AIC from the land.

While FAAN insisted that the land in question belongs to it by virtue of the Federal High Court judgment, AIC also said the court never ordered the agency to take over the parcel of land immediately.

Reacting to the incidence, the General Manager, Corporate Communications, FAAN, Yakubu Dati stated that:

“Our members of staff were trying to sanitize and clear the area when they were attacked by thugs. We want to ensure that security is ensured at the terminal. The terminal is a secured area and when people want to invade the land illegally, the security officials have the right to prevent that."

He insisted that the land had returned to the agency and FAAN would do everything possible to protect its property.

“The law should be allowed to take its course and we waited for the judicial announcement and the next thing is for us to clear the place until there is a contrary order. That is the law. An appeal is not a judgment and I think we should be more civilised in our conducts,” he said.


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