Bandits attack Kaduna Airport; abduct FAAN staff, family members




By GARBA MUHAMMAD, Kaduna

Persons suspected to be bandits and armed with dangerous weapons are said to have attacked the staff quarters of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) at Kaduna International Airport.

It is not yet clear how they gained access into the quarters but residents of the village bordering the airport said some staff of FAAN living in the quarters who managed to escape reported that some staff with their families have been abducted by the bandits.

One of them, Abubakar Sani, put the number of those abducted at 11, among them a staffer of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), with his entire family, and a wife and kid of a staffer of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMET).

“Two houses were attacked inside the quarters and they later moved to the airside of the airport around 2am today (Saturday).

“The situation is as bad as that. Many of us the villagers have left the village and have evacuated their families this morning. Even the remaining airport staff are leaving for a safe place. The kind of gunshots we heard is very scary,” a staffer of one of the agencies, who pleaded anonymity, said.

When contacted, ASP Mohammed Jalige, Spokesperson, Kaduna State Police Command, said he was not aware of the attack but would make findings.

“I am attending a programme now. I will make my inquiries and get back to you later in the afternoon,” he said.

An official of FAAN who insisted he would not want his name mentioned because he does not have the official permission to do so, confirmed the attack.

“Yes, there was an attack by bandits at the airport quarters around 2am. There was an exchange of fire between the bandits with a combined team of the army and air force operatives.

“They abducted 11 staff of some agencies, including their families. It is not true; the bandits did not attack any part of the main airport – they only fled through a section during the exchange.

“Our national headquarters may give official statement anytime,” the official said.


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