There was a massive traffic jam yesterday on the Lagos airport road – no thank to a planned security breach tip-off.
Security was strengthened around the Murtala Muhammed Airport – Nigeria’s busiest and biggest – where tougher screening measures have been taken, particularly at the cargo section.
Nigeria Customs Service, the police, State Security Services (SSS) and members of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents checked outgoing and incoming cargoes.
Security agencies checked vehicles on the roads leading into and out of the airport.
Vehicular and human movements outgoing and ingoing the toll gate, cargo terminal and international terminal were affected. The traffic gridlock was on for over six hours.
Many airport workers reported late on account of the traffic gridlock on the road, many passengers reportedly missed their flights.
From the Ikeja axis of the metropolis to the local and international terminals, vehicles drove bumper-to-bumper.
Sources attributed the traffic to routine security checks around the tollgate and the Hajj Camp section of the airport.
Many motorists expressed frustration over the traffic gridlock and its attendant man hours loss.
A source at the airport said about the traffic: “The traffic snarl around the Lagos Airport road could be attributed to reaction to security and intelligence information we received that some people wrote, trying to carry out unauthorised activities that could threaten security.
“Arising from that, we carried out checks on cars and persons trying to gain access into the airport , ensuring that only persons and vehicles that had genuine reason to be around the airport were allowed .
“Nobody has so far been arrested. We ensured that we carried out the checks on vehicles around the cargo terminal and other areas of the airport.”
On Monday, security personnel attached to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) ordered all passengers to switch on their mobile devices, including mobile phones, laptops and other gadgets, before undergoing screening at the airport.
The motive for switching on the mobile electronic gadgets is to determine their genuineness as part of new security measures ordered for all airports from where flights to America originate.