Nigeria directs owners to remove abandoned aircraft from Murtala airport

6 August 2015 (Last Updated August 6th, 2015 18:30)

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has set a week’s deadline for the owners of an abandoned aircraft to vacate the premises of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos State.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has set a week's deadline for the owners of an abandoned aircraft to vacate the premises of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos State.

The aircraft will be disposed of in accordance with the provisions of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), if their owners fail to oblige FAAN, reported This Day Live

Some of the aircraft had been parked at the airport graveyard, located at the airport's Domestic Terminal 1, since 2005.

Airport operations director Capt Henry Omeogu said the removal of abandoned aircraft was necessary as they were leading to operational hitches that could compromise the safety of aircraft and terminal infrastructure.

He also added that the move would ensure that the aircraft would not be used by criminals as a hiding place.

FAAN had started barring the entry of all people, including clearing agents, to the cargo terminal of the Murtala airport, to avoid the possibility of illegal entry.

FAAN has, recently, initiated various projects that are aimed at strengthening the security at airports across the country.

Recently, the authority announced that it would install new security equipment at 22 Nigerian airports to improve their safety.

The Murtala airport is planning to initiate an expansion after winning a case on an expanse of land at Shasha village in Lagos.