Today’s Headline: We’ll Overlook Over-Voting- Fayose, Lagos Airport Listed Among Threatened Airports


The federal government through intelligence report received has alerted the Ministry of Aviation about some impending attacks on federal airports in the country by some criminal element. The alert was issued so that these airports could beef up security in their facility and be well prepared in the case of an attack.

While acknowledging this intelligence report, the Deputy General Manger in change of Administration and Logistics of the Federal Airport Association of Nigeria (FAAN), S.M Mamman, has issued a memo to airport chiefs of security to put in place proper measure to counter such impending attacks.

Included in the list of federal airports reported to be under impending attacks are the airports in Lagos, Kano, Abuja, Sokoto, Kaduna and Maiduguri.

In the memo to security chiefs, they were directed to “submit a list of existing and additional countermeasures to address the threats, along with their cost implications where applicable.”

In a quick security measure, Murtala Muhammed airport situated in Lagos state -the busiest in the country- has already issued out directives barring drivers to pick up arriving passengers in front of the terminal. The Lagos DSP of Police, has confirmed a new security arrangement in place to assure airport users of maximum protection in and out of the airport.

This security countermeasures, towards halting any impending attacks, is a testament to the country’s rise in security-accountability and transparency which is a good way to go in ensuring the safety of the Nigerian populace anyplace and anytime.

In other news, former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has said that he and other chose to overlook over-voting at the PDP Southwest zonal congress in an effort to prioritize the interest of the party during the election last Monday.

Fayose had his candidate, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, narrowly defeated by Governor Seyi Makinde’s candidate, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, 330 to 343 votes, to become the PDP Chairman, Southwest.

While Fayose settled his rift with Makinde at the congress, he however said that “whatever may be our reservations on the issue of over-voting, we have chosen to look at the larger picture, which is PDP”. The former Ekiti Governor has however congratulated the emergence of Arapaja as the new Southwest Zonal Chairman of the PDP In series of tweets last Monday night.

Makinde In his remarks however, stressed on the relationship of the party calling it “a family affair” . He also spoke about how their collective effort is geared towards repositioning the PDP In the Southwest. In a quote from his speech, “We don’t want to defeat ourselves but rather, we want to defeat the opposition” he has made obvious the intentions of the party as a machinery to ascends to position of power, without necessarily hurting anyone in the party.

In other veins, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa pantami has reiterated that Nigerians verify their SIMS by linking them to the National Identification Numbers (NIN). He thereby warned that the consequences of not doing so may not be a good one.

He further explained that the essence of linking your SIMS with NIN is strictly for security reasons and that “there was no going back on the issue”.

It is a good thing to see that Nigeria Federal Government is beginning to take strong hands on the issue of insecurity in the country. If these measures continue, it is only a matte of time Nigeria become a safe haven for her citizens and foreigners alike.

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