Thief electrocuted inside FAAN powerhouse in Lagos airport – Official

A middle-age man, who attempted to steal electrical cables and other equipment inside the powerhouse of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has been electrocuted.

The man whose identity could not be ascertained found his way into the power generating building and he had begun disconnecting the installations that supplies power to the Lagos airport before he met his waterloo.

 Confirming the incident, Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Monday said the agency is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that all loopholes that will allow unauthorised persons into the airports are blocked.

 Mrs. Kuku spoke at the commissioning of 30 special forces that will man the Lagos airport, affirming that either people have crossed the perimeter fences of the airports and stolen airfield lighting equipment, or potentially even harm some workers on site.

 She said “I would say that there are two sides to this, that our environment is quite unique in the sense that we do have some security issues nationwide and  we’ve been quite lucky within the airport environments that we haven’t had any of those major incidents. We do have, you know, individual issues.

 So across the airside you’ve seen where we have people who are either crossing our fence, or of course, either trying to steal our airfield lighting equipment, or potentially even harm some of the some of the individuals that we have on site. We had an incident, where an individual actually went into our power house and he got electrocuted.”

 She said FAAN has looked forward to the unveiling of the security apparatus in the last six months adding that there’s been conversation about funding, and the aviation security staff being armed.

 She said there is a lot of investment that has gone into this- from the armoury to the training of the personnel, to getting the arms as well as the ammunition.

Addressing the newly commissioned security personnel, the FAAN MD said: “What I want to say is that you have been specially selected to be part of this unit. This is a special unit. Hopefully, there won’t be any need to use your arms, but rather to leverage this as a deterrent.

“But what is critical is that we want you to work very closely with the other security agencies at the airport. This is an environment that we want to keep safe and secure.

“You’ve probably seen a lot of the news around some of the illicit behaviours that are happening at the airports. There has also been all sorts of activities that we also need to put some pressure on,” he said.