By Lawani Mikairu
Lagos—ARMED officers and men of the Nigerian Air Force attached to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos yesterday disrupted commercial activities at the airport, searching and demanding for identification cards, ID cards of intending travelers and those with them.
Concessionaires and bureau de change operators at the departure and arrival halls of the airport were equally raided.
Led by the Airport Commandant, Group Captain Victor Ajiboye, it was gathered that they were acting on alleged security breach following a tip off.
Some of the business premises raided and shut included Sulah Bureau de change, Kings Bureau De change, Vida Sem, Westgate Pharmacy, Kilimanjaro Eatery, Global Link Mini market, Eddy Burger Eatery, Famous Link, and Leader Investment Company Limited.
Their business premises were still shut at the time of this report.
However, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has criticized the raid, claiming it was not informed.
Only the chief security officer of the international wing of the Lagos Airport was aware of the raid.
Senior officials in the aviation security department of FAAN, as well as other security agencies including the Nigeria Police, Immigration, and Custom were taken aback by the operation.
While the raid lasted, passengers and other airport workers not wearing their on duty tags fled the halls to escape possible arrest.
Similar raid was conducted less than two weeks ago.