Days after the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria held an emergency meeting over the incessant extortion of passengers by airport officials at the nation’s airports, a staff of Arik airline has been apprehended while soliciting bribe from a travelling passenger at the General Aviation Terminal, Lagos.
Before being handed over to relevant security agency for appropriate action, the On Duty Card of the erring staff was withdrawn.
FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu (Mrs.) confirmed the arrest in a statement released on Tuesday November 9.
The statement read:-
“Recent embarrassing online videos where passengers complained of acts of extortion at the nation’s airport had necessitated the need to devise multi level strategies to curb the menace.
“The meeting also resolved that henceforth, any erring airport official caught soliciting for bribes at the nation’s airports will be permanently denied access to working at the airports. Officials were also directed to always wear conspicuous name tags anytime they are on duty.
“The MD/CE, Captain Yadudu further directed the Airport Managers to ensure that all stakeholders at the airports are properly sensitized on the new development as there will be no sacred cows.”