The Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Command of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has commenced investigations into a clash involving one of its officers and a staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), over right of way near the Palace Gate of the Cargo Terminal.
The investigation, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Customs Service Airport Command, Thelma Williams said has become imperative to establish the veracity of the claim by a staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), that a Customs officer attacked him near the Palace Gate over right of way on the Road leading into the Cargo Terminal .
She said preliminary findings by the Customs has revealed that the Officer was not trying to gain access into the Palace Gate as alleged by the FAAN staff.
She pointed out that the officer had made a turn towards the Hajj Camp axis of the road, when the FAAN staff in company of others blocked his car, stressing that the Customs Officer was at no time taken to the Airport Police Station over the matter, but, reported the matter officially.
Williams said it is important to clear the air on the matter because of information being pushed out to the public that the Customs Officer battered the FAAN staff and damaged his car.
Speaking further, the spokesperson said “At no time did our officer try or attempt to access the monument gate as being alleged. Rather the officer in question veered off the road to drop off a friend only to be barricaded by a FAAN staff in the company of four other FAAN workers. He tried to inquire the reason for the barricade and this led to an argument which further culminated into a scuffle.
“There was never a point that our officer was taken to the Police station as reported in the press. The incident was actually a misunderstanding of right of use of way on the Airport Boulevard”, Williams added.