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Anxiety over bomb scare at Lagos airport

 Murtala Muhammed Airport (MM2)

A bomb scare at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MM2) and the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) caused anxiety among passengers, motorists and airport workers yesterday.

The scare of a possible explosive around both the new and old domestic terminals propelled security agencies, including the police, the Air Force and para-military agencies, to deploy their men on the road leading to the airport.

They screened all cars coming into both terminals.

The intense security checks, with the use of a mobile anti-explosive device caused traffic gridlock.

To beat the traffic gridlock, most passengers, especially those who had flights to board, trekked some metres to enter  the terminals.

The Police Commissioner in charge of the airport, Mr. Olatunji CaulCrick, said the exercise became important due to security reports received by the command.

CaulCrick  said the police would not leave anything to chance in ensuring a seamless travel experience for airport users.

A passenger, who simply identified himself as Chukwuemeka, decried the alleged crude manner the Anti-Bomb Squad carried out the exercise.

He said: “This is most absurd. The anti-bomb squad who were supposed to actually check the vehicles themselves did not take the bomb scare seriously; otherwise, they wouldn’t have allowed the other guys carry out the checks. It is even pathetic that they don’t even have their own material. As you can see, they ‘d rather choose to look into the booths of the cars. This is a crude method of carrying out checks when they are supposed to be fully equipped.”

The Nation

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