Other agencies involved in extortion in airports -Keyamo

By Chinelo Obogo

Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, has said agencies outside the purview of the ministry are involved in extortion at various airports in Nigeria.

In a post on X on Sunday, Keyamo said that collaboration with the affected ministries are ongoing to find a solution to curb the menace.

Keyamo’s statement comes after several complaints of the harassment of travelers at the airports.

He said: “I have received several complaints about the menace of begging and extortion at our International airports by a few unscrupulous persons who give all of us a bad image,” the minister said.
My phones are beeping every minute with messages about this from well-meaning Nigerians.

“Just to set the records straight, most of the agencies involved in this menace are not under the control of the aviation ministry, though they are stationed at our airports.

“However, I have been working closely with other ministers, arms of government and agencies who are responsible for these agencies and a solution is in sight soon.”

Extortion and touting have been a source of worry causing the e Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to warn airport users against offering bribes and encouraging extortion.

The FAAN said any staff or government agency operating at the airports found guilty of accepting bribes will be punished.

The agency said it has launched a task force to eliminate touting and extortion in airports across the country and that the task force has been mandated to enforce discipline among airport staff and maintain a culture of professionalism at all levels.

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