Lagos – The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has arrested another suspected stowaway on a flight at the Benin Airport.
The arrest of the 25-year-old Benin man, Leroy Ugaga, by a joint patrol team of FAAN’s Aviation Security Services and the Nigerian Air Force comes ten days after a 13 year-old teenager was arrested at Lagos Airport after he successfully hitched a flight on an Arik Aircraft from Benin to Lagos.
The teenager’s daring act and subsequent arrest made international headlines.
Speaking about the recent arrest, FAAN Spokesman, Yakubu Dati said, “The trespasser was sighted and observed for a few minutes by members of the patrol team as he tried to gain entry to the airside and as soon as his intentions became clear, he was quickly apprehended and handed over to the Police for further interrogation.”
Dati said a joint perimeter patrol by FAAN’s security staff and men of Nigerian Air force at the Benin Airport is one of the additional security measures FAAN had taken to forestall runway incursions at all Nigerian airports.
“The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria hereby appeals to all members of the public, especially youths, to avoid the risk of attempting to gain unauthorised entry into restricted areas of airports, across the country, as doing so is extremely dangerous,” Dati added.
A stowaway is a person who hides aboard a vehicle, ship or aircraft in order to gain free passage.