By Kenneth Ehigiator
LAGOS — Operatives of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday stormed the head office of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, in search of the Managing Director, Mr. George Uriesi over his recent petition to the agency.
Uriesi had in the heat of the disagreement between FAAN and Maevis Company Limited over revenue collection for the airports authority petitioned the anti-graft agency over the activities of the company and two new generation banks relating to revenue collection at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Vanguard gathered that the operatives visited FAAN, following the failure of the managing director to respond to series of invitations to clarify some issues raised in his petition.
The anti-graft operatives were, however, unable to see Uriesi, who was said to have gone out on official engagement.
Confirming the development, EFCC spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said: “I can confirm that our operatives were at FAAN headquarters this morning (yesterday). They were there to get the FAAN MD to explain issues arising from a petition which he sent to the commission.
“The visit became necessary after he failed to respond to repeated calls to come and explain issues pertaining to his petition. The petition is against Maevis and two new generation banks.”
FAAN and Maevis have been having a running battle over revenue collection at the airports in Lagos and Abuja, culminating in the agency terminating the agreement it had with the company in 2007 for that purpose.
While FAAN sought a review of the agreement, which it argued was skewed against it, Maevis went to court to stop the agency from terminating the agreement.
The brit-bat between both parties led FAAN to petition the EFCC to investigate the company’s activities and the two banks for the period of operation of the agreement.