TWO security officers of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) attached to the screening area of the Murtala Mohammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2) were yesterday arrested for alleged theft of over $20, 000 (N3.5m) from a passenger’s luggage at the airport. The Guardian learnt that some police officers from the Lagos Airport Command were dispatched to search the officials’ houses who are currently being interrogated over the missing money while the passenger’s bag was going through screening machine at the airport.
A reliable source close to FAAN said the Police waded into the matter when the passenger’s petitions to the Federal Ministry of Aviation, the Consumer Protection Unit of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) was sent to FAAN’s Managing Director, George Uriesi, to act on immediately.
It was gathered that the passenger who travelled on a local airline on May 9, 2012 arrived the screening area at about 6.35 am, adding that his luggage was screened and forwarded to the departure area as usual while the passenger boarded the flight to Abuja. The source revealed that the passenger discovered on board that his money was missing but could not come back to Lagos that same day to report.
He, however, returned the following day to the security screening in company of a NCAA senior officer to complain of the missing money but was told that there was no such incident.Not convinced, the NCAA officer in company of the complainant requested to see the CCTV coverage recordings of the previous day to know what transpired.
The source disclosed that the CCTV coverage, which is now with the police, revealed that the now arrested officers, a man and woman opened the luggage and took the money.