Nigeria restricts access to cargo terminal at Lagos airport

11 May 2015 (Last Updated May 11th, 2015 18:30)

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has barred all people, including clearing agents, from entering the cargo terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has barred all people, including clearing agents, from entering the cargo terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.

The move is aimed at strengthening the airport's security by preventing breaches and to ensure that no unwanted people are able to gain access to the area, known as cargo shed.

Anybody entering the terminal will be required to undergo security profiling.

The decision to limit access of the shed to personnel holding on-duty cards (ODC) has angered the clearing agents, reported Thisdaylive.com.

The recent expansion of the airport's terminal has resulted in opening of numerous shops, which employ several people without ODCs and infringe on security procedures.

After expansion, many stakeholders have criticised that the airport authority for not taking measures to restrict access to the cargo complex.

Nigeria beefed up security across at its international airports in January in its fight against terrorist group Boko Haram.

According to The Sun News, the US previously raised concerns over security measures at the Lagos airport, and had sent a team from its Transport Security Administration to inspect the airport.

With the current move, FAAN seeks to sanitise the area and also weed out illegal entry to the terminal.

FAAN also plans to start reconstruction of the security fence along Akonwonjo area of the airport.