Nigeria: Security tightened at airports after spying network busted at Abuja airport

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Security has been tightened at airports across Nigeria after the Department of State Services (DSS) busted a spy network at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the capital city of Abuja, the secret police announced on Saturday

In a statement issued here on Saturday, the DSS said it had apprehended a 14-year old boy from central Kogi State, Sulaiymon Abdulrahman (a.k.a Sunday Ajayi), who was monitoring travelers’ movements, passenger screening, boarding procedures and other processes at the departure and arrival halls.

DSS said on 24 Aug., the agency, working with aviation security officials, arrested Abdulrahman who confessed that he infiltrated the airport with the assistance of one Dauda Sadiq (a.k.a Peter) who is presently at large.

It quoted Abdulrahman as saying that Sadiq directed him to spy on the installation and pass to him information in respect of travelers’ movement, boarding procedures and other processes at the airport.

“With this knowledge, the service is working closely with major aviation stakeholders, especially the Aviation Security Department, to forestall any possible attack and to ensure adequate security at the airports.

“This is aside other measures which have been put in place to ensure protection of lives and property across the country,” the DSS said.

PANA reports that though it had not carried out any attack at the nation's airports, there had been fears that the terror group Boko Haram, which launched its violent campaign in 2009, might want to target the nation's aviation sector.

In some of its spectacular attacks, Boko Haram had attacked the UN Complex and the police headquarters in Abuja, with deadly consequences.
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29 august 2015 13:18:40

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