Passenger Extortion; FAAN Suspends Airport Officials At MMIA

The management of Nigeria's airports say they have dismissed some staff involved in extortion of passengers at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.

Social media had been agog with complaints by travellers who lament the very difficult situation in Nigeria's entry points as it regards extortion and other unethical practices.

However, in line with the determination of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to rid the nation's airport of corrupt officials, a statement signed by Henrietta Yakubu (Mrs.) General Manager, Corporate Affairs at FAAN said some officials caught extorting a passenger at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos had been sacked.

The statement said the officials, who are staff of Aviation Security and Customer Service departments of the Authority were immediately suspended, while the On Duty Card of their accomplice from the Nigeria Immigration Service has been withdrawn.

It added that the action was taken to serve as deterrent to other bad eggs in the system that are bent on tarnishing the image of the nation.