For some time now, the issue of security in Nigeria’s airports has become a major topic for discussion. On Wednesday evening, a gang of armed robbers again brought up the question “how safe are Nigerian airports?” as they raided the country’s main international airport, Murtala Mohammed International Airport in an operation that lasted about thirty minutes.
The robbers stormed the international wing of the airport and announced their arrival around 9 pm with sporadic gunshots and immediately headed towards the Bureau de Change operators around the car park area. There were speculations that the robbers who were about 10 trailed a bullion van into the airport.
In the gunfight that ensued with the police, the robbers seemd to have the upper hand as two policemen fell to their firepower while the robbers too lost a man.
The incident was confirmed by the General Manager, Corporate Communications of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Yakubu Datti. He said the incident did not affect normal flight operations at the airport. He could not also confirm the number of casualties as of the time of filing this report. A similar incident occurred ;last year when robbers stormed a Bureau de Change in the airport and made away with millions in foreign currencies.