The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has said it has no plans to shut down the Kaduna International Airport, in spite of bandits’ attack on its workers in Kaduna.
FAAN Director, Capt. Hamisu Yadudu, made this known to newsmen during an oversight visit by the Senate Committee on Aviation to various airport agencies in Lagos.
Yadudu said the management of FAAN, and the various security agencies would stop at nothing in ensuring the safety of human and equipment at all the nation’s airports.
He said FAAN had already beefed up security networks in all the nation’s airports.
According to him, the current attack at the Kaduna airport will not discourage FAAN from clamping down on any illegal activities anywhere within the sector.
“This incident is entirely different from closing down the airport. It is a security concern that we have at our staff quarters.
“A lot of our staff do not even live in these quarters. If there is a need for us to close it, we will close it, but this is even far away from it.
“There is no need for that drastic action; just a small percentage of our members of staff stay in the staff quarters; the rest are all living in the town.
“Also, our staff quarters are properly fenced even though the fence was broken, but somehow, somewhere, things happened, and now it is time for us to counter as we have been doing always,” he said.
Recall that armed bandits in the early hour of Saturday attacked the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, quarters, at the Kaduna airport and abducted 9 persons.
Those kidnapped included a family of 6 and another housewife and her two children.
It was also gathered that the bandits gained access to the quarters through the airport runway, at about 12.30am.