Shooting At The Murtala Mohammed International Airport Injures Two

Airport

Two people are reportedly injured after an accidental gunshot discharge at the the General Aviation Terminal, GAT of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA.

The shooter is a policeman attached to a senator. The policeman and a woman who were injured in the incident were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Spokesman for the General Manager, Public Affairs of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, the agency regulating Nigeria’s airport, Mr. Yakubu Dati said it was a “minor incident” and that the airport security has been fortified.

Militarised Culture

It is a common scene at Nigeria’s major airports to see politicians being accompanied to terminals with security men heavily armed to the teeth. Incidents such as might still occur until there is a law preventing heavy weaponry in crowded sections of Nigeria’s airport.

MMIA is Africa’s 5th busiest airport by its 2014 traffic estimate of 7.9 million total passengers who passed through the airport. The airport should have been a hub for most West African states such as Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo and Benin Republic.

However, decayed and haphazard infrastructure, corrupt management and lack of serious aviation policy to address these malaise made the MMIA, a far cry from South Africa’s OR Tambo International Airport, the busiest in Africa did 19 million passengers in 2014 which is more than double of Nigeria’s MMIA.

Moreover, the Hadi Sirika, the current Minister of state for aviation has been the mulling privatisation of the airport, such development might bring the necessary reforms to the airports.

 

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