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How to tackle terrorism -Airport police


The Nigeria Police has identified capac­ity building, joint security vigilance, intelligence and information sharing as the panacea for crushing any form of terror­ism and other violent crimes within the precincts of the airports.


The commissioner of Police Airport Command, Mr. Salau Waheed stated this in Lagos while delivering a paper at the safety week organised by the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCOL) in the aviation sector.

According to the police boss, due to the sensitivity of the airports and the general security in Nigeria today, the challenges have become quite high for all security agencies working in the airports.

In his analysis, when the Murtala Mo­hammed International Airport Lagos was built, its capacity was 2.5 million, but to­day that number had quadrupled which had given birth to increase in crimes such as touting, pick pockets and encroach­ment, among many others.

The situation has not left other interna­tional airports across the country out.

The Police Commissioner also said apart from all these, security agencies had to deal with armed robbers, intruders into the airside, landside and restricted areas including detecting fake visas and passports.

The airport police commissioner who spoke through his Assistant Commis­sioner of Police in charge of Operations, Mr Chucks Enwonwu, said it had been the grace of God and vigilance by the security operatives that had so far saved the air­ports.

According to him, the Police are doing their best despite the logistic challenges which include limited vehicles and other gadgets needed to carry out their duties to protect the airport.

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