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Voodoo Scare At Lagos Airport

04/30/11

Voodoo Scare At Lagos Airport

Permalink 01:37:00 am, by lateef lawal, 341 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: News, Nigerian News

*Nigeria: Voodoo Scare At Lagos Airport

By Lateef Lawal

What is the state of alertness of Security agents, especially those trained as Aviation Security officials at the nation's premiere international gateway-Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos? If it had been a bomb that was neatly wrapped and kept in a corner of the departure hall, what assurance is there that passengers and officials would not have been at high risk for lapses in security surveillance at the airport?

These and many more were the questions agitating the minds of many passengers, airlines and airport officials early on the 6th of this month following the discovery of Voodoo materials wrapped in white clothing and dumped in one of the check-in counters of the departure hall of the international wing of the airport.

The propitiation materials were reportedly discovered at check-in counter number 37 when ticketing staff of a ground handling company were about commencing the checking of passenger tickets for Middle East Airline flight. ( Continues below..... )

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

Photo Above: Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria.

Consequent upon the discovery, an alarm was raised which attracted several passengers and officials, while others who could not bear the sight scamppered out of the departure hall. However, officials of the Aviation Security of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) later came to the scene and neatly packed the Voodoo materials for keep at the exhibits unit of their security detention cell popularly reffered to an 'Tango City'.

When contacted on phone, the head of Public Affairs of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Mr Ola Ogundolapo though confirmed the discovery of the said voodoo materials, but told our reporter that it was not a big deal and that it could have been removed from a passenger's luggage as prohibited items. But he could not come up with the name of such a passenger and whether or not security men were able to apprehend any suspect.

Lateef Lawal (NigerianAviationNews)

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