The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has assured Nigerians and the aviation sector of the safety of all airports in the country. It said there were no plan to bomb the airports by some criminals elements as it is being rumored in some quarters.
ONSA in a statement issued in Abuja, said the advisory it dispatched to security agencies advising them to liaise with airport management to upgrade existing security measures at the nation’s airports was purely a routine security assessment and nothing more.
It said routine threat assessment which is now causing panic among Nigerians especially action workers, was aimed at ensuring the preparedness of all relevant agencies.
ONSA in the statement signed by the Head of Strategic Communication Mr. Z.M. Usman, reads : “The attention of the Office of the National Security Adviser has been drawn to reports of a threat on the nation’s airports from an internal government correspondence. The correspondence was a routine threat assessment to ensure preparedness of agencies and not meant for public dissemination. In the period covered by the correspondence, threat analysis identified the need to advise Airports Management nationwide to upgrade existing security measures around the nation’s airports. Regrettably, the unauthorised release of this advisory is likely to raise fear among airport users home and abroad.
“Accordingly, this statement is issued to reassure the public and all aviation stakeholders of the safety of our airports. The security and intelligence services will continue to monitor security threats and provide the assessment and timely advise required by Airports Managements to continuously upgrade security measures in the airports”.