By Kenneth Ehigiator
Armed robbers operating around the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, Monday attacked Radio Nigeriaâ€™s Aviation correspondent, Mrs. Nosa Osula-Aituamen, making away with her laptop, mobile handsets and cash estimated at about N30,000.
Also attacked was a staff of Arik Air, who lost some cash and his mobile handsets valued at over N30,000.
According to eyewitnesses, the robbers, who operated with a motorbike, otherwise known as Okada, struck at about 6:30 a.m. shortly after their victims alighted from a commercial bus at Airport Bus Stop and were walking towards the General Aviation Terminal, GAT.
The robbers were said to have escaped without any challenge even though the operation took place about 200 metres away from the Airport Police Station and a military installation.
Narrating her ordeal, Osula-Aituamen said: â€œI had alighted from a bus, alongside two other ladies and we were walking towards the airport when somebody crossed over to the side we were. The next thing I saw was the guy pointing a gun at me, asking me to surrender my laptop, handbag and all the things in my possession. I shouted for help from soldiers aroundÂ First BankÂ but nobody responded.
â€œWhile this was on, the other two ladies took to their heels and the robber just concentrated on me as his partner, who was on top of the bike waited for him. I actually took a bike to chase after the robbers who rode through the bridge towards the computer village.â€
She said as soon as the robbers got through with her, they also descended on an Arik Air staff and snatched his bag.
Since the beginning of the year, many air passengers have been robbed on their way to the domestic terminals of the airport, and this prompted the banning of Okada operators from the airport by the Airport Police Command.
In spite of the ban, Okada operators still find their way through the airport, as most of the bikes are allegedly owned by police and military men serving in and around the airport.
Efforts to reach the Commissioner of Police, Airport Command, Mr. Danazumi Doma, proved futile as he was said to be out of office.Â He couldnâ€™t also be reached on his mobile phone.