The PUNCH reports that a staff of Arik airline has been apprehended while soliciting bribe from a travelling passenger at the General Aviation Terminal, Lagos.
The On Duty Card of the erring staff was immediately withdrawn, followed by her being handed over to relevant security agency for appropriate action in order to serve as deterrent to others.
This followed an emergency meeting of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria on the incessant extortion of passengers by airport officials at the nation’s airports and steps being taken to address the situation.
The meeting had in attendance the MD/CE, Directors of the Authority, Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr Jumoke Oduwole, Airport Managers and Airport Chiefs of Security.
The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu (Mrs.), disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.
According to the statement, “Recent embarrassing online videos where passengers complained of acts of extortion at the nation’s airport had necessitated the need to devise multi level strategies to curb the menace.
“The meeting also resolved that henceforth, any erring airport official caught soliciting for bribes at the nation’s airports will be permanently denied access to working at the airports. Officials were also directed to always wear conspicuous name tags anytime they are on duty.
“The MD/CE, Captain Yadudu further directed the Airport Managers to ensure that all stakeholders at the airports are properly sensitized on the new development as there will be no sacred cows.”