by Oge Okonkwo
A 38-year-old man, Okereobede Chiwendu, has been arrested by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos for allegedly stealing passengers’ luggage.
In a statement made by the General Manager, Corporate Communications, FAAN, Yakubu Dati, the suspect was arrested on September 2 and was part of the gang linked such illicit act at the airport.
Mr. Dati said the suspect allegedly committed the crime with the help of an employee of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company, NAHCo, who is now on the run.
National Mirror news reports:
The GM recalled that pilfering at the nation’s main airport had generated a lot of controversy and had continued unabated for many years now.
Dati explained that the continuous perpetuation of the act by the gang led to the Crime and Investigation Unit of FAAN’s Aviation Security Service, AVSEC, being put on the alert and directed to investigate the issue.
He said: “The investigation got a major lead when AVSEC officials received a report of pilferage from Emirate Airlines on its flight of July 19, 2013 and CIB officials embarked on an inspection of the photo footage from the aircraft’s bulk hold’s Closed Circuit Television, CCTV, showing the reported pilfering in progress.”
Dati added that during the study of the footage, the suspect, who he said was an employee of Check Port Security (the official airline security company of Emirate Airlines), was captured perpetuating the act and was immediately apprehended by the security attached to the airport.