The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) yesterday reported another case of security breach at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
According to the agency, the head of the Department of State Services (DSS) at the airport, Mr. Safiyanu Abba allegedly assaulted aviation security (AVSEC) official.
It alleged that Safiyanu “deliberately obstructed airport security process, and slapped an Aviation Security Officer who was performing his duty by calling on Mr. Safiyanu Abba to desist from doing so.”
The statement entitled ‘Breach of security procedure and assault on AVSEC officer by head of DSS at the international terminal of NAIA Abuja’ and published on FAAN’s official twitter handle read: “We note with dismay that Mr. Safiyanu Abba, the Head of DSS at NAIA deliberately obstructed airport Security process, and slapped an Aviation Security Officer who was performing his duty by calling on Mr. Safiyanu Abba to desist from doing so.
“This happened on the 17th July at about 15:25 hours. He breached security procedure by obstructing further searching of a visitor who had just walked through the metal detector and activated the alarm.
“The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria strongly condemns this abuse of power and the Security process in our airport. This has also been duly escalated.
FAAN committed to our core values of safety Security and comfort”
Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (@FAAN_Official) July 22, 2020
However, the DSS denied assaulting any FAAN staff at the airport.
A statement from the DSS spokesman, Mr. Peter Afunanya said “DSS personnel are well-mannered and could not have slapped or fought a worker of another agency.”
He said the news had left an impression that was not factual and should therefore be disregarded.
He added that, for the records, no DSS staff fought or engaged in any acts prejudicial to discipline or inimical to public safety at the airport under reference.
He noted that as a strategic partner, the service holds FAAN and its staff in good esteem and has, over time, enjoyed robust working relationship in the areas of training and exchange programmes.
He said the DSS will not join issues with FAAN, and noted that there were other avenues than the social media to resolve any misunderstanding among staff of the two agencies.