The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has commenced investigation into the security breach that occurred on Friday, at the Sultan Abubakar Sadiq 111 Airport, Sokoto.
In a statement issued yesterday and signed by NCAA spokesperson, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, the regulatory agency stated that the agency has commenced full – scale investigations following receipt of reports of a huge crowd that flagrantly broke all security rules and gained unauthorised access to the safety critical areas of the airport.
According to NCAA, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) Part 17.48.3(c) stipulates that “access by persons and vehicles to restricted areas, enhanced security restricted areas and sterile areas is restricted only to persons who have a clear need for such access by virtue of their duties.”
In addition, the National Civil Aviation Security Programme (NCASP), 6.3.1. states “in accordance with the appropriate legislation, no person to whom the legislation applies, shall enter or remain in a restricted area, enhanced security restricted area, or tenant restricted area unless that person has in his or her possession a restricted area or tenant restricted area permit in respect of that restricted area or tenant restricted area and complies with all conditions of issuance of the permit,” the statement added.
While stating that NCAA would not tolerate the reoccurrence of any such safety and security violations at any of the nation’s airports, it stated “therefore, in view of the anticipated increase in aviation activities, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) as well as other state and private aerodrome operators are hereby directed to beef up safety and security systems at their airports.”
The Authority warned that persons should desist from the unlawful acts as it would not hesitate to impose severe sanctions on any person, group of persons or organisations found culpable.
The regulatory authority said it would continue to safeguard civil aviation against acts of unlawful interference at all the nation’s airports.
“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies will continue to work together to ensure that all our airports are safe and secure for airline operations,” the statement said.