The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has begun a full scale investigation into the wanton security breach that occurred on Friday, at the Sultan Abubakar Sadiq lll Airport, Sokoto.
The General Manager, NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, in a statement made available on Tuesday, said the commencement of the investigation is in receipt of reports of a huge crowd that flagrantly broke all security rules and gained unauthorised access to the safety critical areas of the airport, which includes Runway, Taxiway and Apron.
He quoted the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) Part 17.48.3(c), which stipulates that access by persons and vehicles to restricted areas, enhanced security restricted areas and sterile areas is restricted only to persons who have a clear need for such access by virtue of their duties.
While the National Civil Aviation Security Programme (NCASP), 6.3.1. also stipulates that in accordance with the appropriate legislation, no person to whom the legislation applies, shall enter or remain in a Restricted Area,
Enhanced Security Restricted Area, or tenant restricted area unless that person has in his or her possession a Restricted Area or Tenant Restricted Area Permit in respect of that restricted area or Tenant Restricted Area and complies with all conditions of issuance of the Permit.
He stated that the NCAA will not tolerate the reoccurrence of any such safety and security violations at any of the nation’s airports, adding that, in view of the anticipated increase in aviation activities, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, as well as other State and Private Aerodrome Operators are have been directed to beef up safety and security systems at their airports.
The NCAA has therefore warned the general public to desist from the unlawful acts as NCAA will not hesitate to impose severe sanctions on any person, group of persons or organisations found culpable.
The NCAA added that it would continue to safeguard civil aviation against acts of unlawful interference at all the nation’s airports.
It said, “The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies will continue to work together to ensure that all our airports are safe and secure for airline operations.”