The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has suspended its security staff, Ms. Jennifer Kuka who allegedly stole N216, 000 ($600) at Yola Airport.
The money, it was gathered, belonged to a female pilgrim, Ms. Hafsat Mohammed.
Spokeswoman for FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu said in a statement on Friday that Luka “has been suspended indefinitely pending the completion of investigation into the case.’
She said the agency “has consequently handed over the erring officer to the appropriate security agency for further questioning and prosecution.”
She added: “FAAN deeply regrets this unfortunate incident and the conduct of Jennifer, which does not reflect the values of the Authority and its staff.
“The Authority wishes to re-assure the general public that our airports remain safe and secure for travellers and other airport users.”
It was gathered that the suspended staff who was on duty during screening of passengers, discovered pepper in Mohammed’s bag, which she allegedly threatened to seize if the traveller did not part with some money.
Spokesman for the Adamawa State Police Command, Mr. Suleiman Yahaya had said that the pilgrim offered the FAAN employee 10 Saudi Riyal to allow her go with the pepper.
“It was during the bribe negotiation that the FAAN employee stole the $600 from the woman’s bag which she pretended to be searching.
“When the pilgrim later discovered that her money was missing, she raised the alarm and the money was found in the possession of the FAAN staff member,” he added.
He said Luka concealed the stolen money in her hair and used her beret to cover it.