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Insecurity: FG deploys IED vapour detectors, others at airports

THE Federal Government has deployed improvised explosive device vapour detectors and additional screening machines and scanners at Nigeria’s major international airports.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria disclosed this yesterday in Abuja ahead of the Airport Council International-Africa Security Week that starts from Monday.

FAAN’s Director, Aviation Security Services, Group Capt. Usman Sodiq, said the deployment of strategic equipment at international airports was to improve security at the facilities, adding that insecurity would not be condoned at airports.

Sodiq said, “We just deployed new equipment at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and Murtala Mohammed International Airport. “The equipment include screening machines, IED vapour detectors, hand-held scanners, while some areas in these airports are now automated.

“You must have heard about the approval by FEC (Federal Executive Council) for the deployment of K9, which are the Canine dogs.

“We are about concluding the issue of arms to our people to cover areas that ordinarily shouldn’t be covered without such kind of protective equipment.”

He explained that the deployment of the security equipment was based on the dynamic challenges at the various airports, as well as their respective threat assessments.

“Based on threat assessments, we looked at areas that require these equipment; for instance, they called from Makurdi today that they need additional screening machines. So we have to work towards that.”

He said the Federal Government had approved the provision of CCTV cameras in virtually all airports and that the aviation security department was currently trying to see available gaps that required full coverage.

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