The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, says it has arrested 21 persons including touts, illegal foreign exchange dealers, hawkers and scavengers at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

It is a move to reduce the activities of miscreants in the airport. FAAN warns that people who engage in such activities within the premises risk prosecution. 

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The Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, FAAN, Abdullahi Yakubu-Funtua, issued this warning in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.

Also, he said that the suspects were in police custody for further action.

According to him, the arrest is part of FAAN’s effort to sanitise the airport environment and rid it of touts and others engaged in illegitimate activities.

“The Joint Monitoring Task Force (JMTF) and the Aviation Security Crime Investigation and Intelligence (AVSEC-CII) Unit has since the past few weeks conducted raids in this regard.

“We apprehended cable thieves and other miscreants in the course of these raids.

“On Friday, Aug. 4, 2023, the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) JMTF and AVSEC-CII raided the ITZ 1 and 2 landside, the carparks and the airport access roads.

“In the course of the raid, we arrested a total of 21 persons including touts, illegal foreign exchange dealers, hawkers and scavengers.

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“The apprehended suspects have since been transferred to the Nigerian Police Force through the CII for further necessary action,” he said.

Furthermore, Mr Yakubu-Funtua warned those who had no legitimate business at airports to keep off.

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