The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has revoked the On-Duty Card (ODC) of two Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) personnel stationed at Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.
The two officials, whose identities have not been released, have also been barred from working in any Nigerian airport.
This came after an inquiry into the officers’ extortion allegations was concluded.
According to the Daily Trust, a mom took to Twitter to complain about how her 14-year-old daughter was extorted while travelling on Lufthansa Airline on February 19, stating N8000 was taken from her.
Mrs Faithful A. Hope-Ivbaze, Ag. General Manager, Corporate Affairs, said in a statement on Friday that a team of FAAN Aviation Security officers was commissioned to examine the accusation following the allegation.
She stated that after an inquiry, they discovered the accusation to be true, as the policemen involved were identified using CCTV footage and cooperation from the Nigerian Immigration Service.
“As a result, the police were required to reimburse the exact sum obtained from the passenger,” she explained.
“Their On Duty Cards have also been permanently revoked, and they are no longer permitted to operate in any Nigerian airport as a deterrence to others.”
“We would like to applaud the child’s mother, who has acknowledged receipt of the money, for deciding to escalate the matter and for supporting us greatly in the course of our inquiry.”
“We would also want to thank the Comptroller of Immigration, MMA, and her team for their cooperation and assistance in addressing this matter.”
“The Authority will continue to identify and discipline any airport official (including FAAN officials) discovered extorting passengers or committing illegal acts at our airports.”