…attempts to attack moving aircraft.
Security apparatus of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, MMA, Lagos was again put to test yesterday as a middle age man, identified as Mr. Alabibu Olushola, scaled the perimeter fence of the airport and attempted to attack an Abuja bound aircraft of Med-View Airline that was on a holding point.
The incident, which occurred around 1pm caused scare at the airport, but a source close to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, described the man as “a mad man” who attempted to attack the aircraft that departed the apron of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Two, MMA2, Lagos.
The source confided in our correspondent that the middle age man had scaled the fence through the Shasha area of the airport without security operatives at the airside suspecting him.
The source added that the man attempted to throw a bag inside the engine of the aircraft, but when the pilot sighted him, he used a jet blast on the suspect, which destabilised him and resulted in body injuries.
The source said the suspect was immediately arrested by the Aviation Security, AVSEC, of FAAN and other security officers at the airside.
The source said, “The man is a director of a company at Shasha who developed madness. He was carrying a bag. He was taken away immediately the incident happened.”
Another source close to the airline told our correspondent that immediately after the incident, the pilot of the aircraft returned to the apron and discharged all the onboard passengers for them to be screened again.
The Media Consultant to Med-View, Mr. Obuke Oyibotha, confirmed the incident in a statement to journalist.
Oyibotha, in the statement, declared that the management of the airline commended the crew of one of its flight for assisting security agencies to arrest a man at the runway of the airport.
He hinted that the action of the crew, which led to the arrest and the return of the aircraft to the tarmac for security check was in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, recommended best practices on aviation security.
According to the statement, the Maiduguri bound aircraft via Abuja was taxing to the threshold for takeoff when the pilot sited a man on the active runway and alerted the control tower on his observation and requested for aviation security personnel.
The statement added, “While still taxiing, the pilot noticed that the same man had crossed to the threshold, and was moving towards the aircraft, and had to alert the control tower again for security.
“The man got entangled with the engine thrust as pilot increased the speed of the engine before he was picked up by security agents. The pilot asked for permission to return to base, where security agencies including bomb disposal squad conducted a thorough check on all passengers, luggage and the entire aircraft and appropriate clearance was given.”
Source: National Mirror Nigeria