The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has facilitated the arrest of an employee of Arik Air for allegedly soliciting a bribe from a travelling passenger at the General Aviation Terminal of the Lagos Airport.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager (Corporate Affairs) of FAAN, on Tuesday.
The arrest of the airline employee follows a directive issued at an emergency meeting of FAAN as a result of viral videos and complaints by travellers about the incessant extortion by airport officials at the nation’s airports.
According to the statement, the on-duty card of the erring staff was immediately withdrawn, followed by her being handed over to the relevant security agency for appropriate action.
The statement read: “Recent embarrassing online videos where passengers complained of acts of extortion at the nation’s airport had necessitated the need to devise multi level strategies to curb the menace.
“The meeting also resolved that henceforth, any erring airport official caught soliciting for bribes at the nation’s airports will be permanently denied access to working at the airports. Officials were also directed to always wear conspicuous name tags anytime they are on duty.
“The MD/CE, Captain Yadudu further directed the Airport Managers to ensure that all stakeholders at the airports are properly sensitized on the new development as there will be no sacred cows.”