Nigerian airports to have armed guards, trained dogs

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

The Federal Government has concluded plans to deploy light arms-wielding security guards as well as trained dogs in the nation’s airports.

Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, stated this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in Abuja yesterday.

According to the minister, government was concerned about the aviation sector in Nigeria hence the need to have a robust security structure in all the various airports in the country.

He said:

“We are very serious about aviation security. Just last week, the president approved that aviation security personnel should bear arms, so we are trying to make them take the form and shape of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the United States of America with K-9 dogs, handcuffs, the guards, the batons, light weapons and others.

“They are partnering with us and other stakeholders to keep our airports secure. All these will be unveiled at the next stakeholders meeting,”

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