Posted by Sade Williams
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), said on Sunday it has begun investigations into the bribery by and extortion of passengers levelled against its staff over COVID-19 protocols at airports.
This follows the cash demand allegations against some officials at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, by returning passengers of evacuation flights.
Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, spokesperson for the Authority, in a statement, however advised passengers to desist from giving money and to report any official from any agency that requests money under any guise.
“The Authority will like to inform passengers and other airport users that there is no aspect of its services at the airports that is being paid for by cash” , she said.
According to her, arriving passengers are expected to have gone through the Covid-19 test before boarding their flights from ports of departure, therefore they should not pay any money whatsoever to any airport official for the purpose.
“All Covid-19 measures put in place at the airports are free for passengers and does not attract any charges.
” The recent allegation that some airport officials in Abuja were collecting money from returning passengers on evacuation flights is already being investigated by all agencies at the airport.
“The Authority will also like to use this medium to appeal to passengers once again to always ensure adherence to all safety and security measures at the airports” , she added.