Buhari permits airport security operatives to bear arms

Lagos AirportPresident Muhammadu Buhari has given his nod to a request by airport security operatives to bear arms.

Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made the disclosure on Wednesday during a chat with State House correspondents.

The policy takes after the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the United States, where K-9 dogs, handcuffs, batons and light weapons are deployed.

“Just last week, the President approved that aviation security should bear arms.

“So, we’re trying to make them take the form and shape of TSA of the US with K-9 dogs, handcuffs, the guards, the batons, light weapons, etc,” Siriki said after the first meeting of the Federal Executive Council in 2017.

“The minister of interior is helping us in that regard with the directive of Mr. President.

“They are partnering with us and other stakeholders to keep our airports secure.

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“All these will be unveiled at the next stakeholders’ meeting”, he added.

Sirika had also earlier stated that the national airline would begin operations before the end of this year.