The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has strongly condemned the abuse of power by the Head of the Department of State Services at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Safiyanu Abba.
The statement said he allegedly breached security protocol at the airport on Friday, by slapping a FAAN security official.
The DSS boss was said to have prevented security officers at the airport from performing a mandatory check on a passenger.
Abba was also reported to have assaulted the aviation security personnel on duty who called him to order, said FAAN in a statement on Wednesday.
The statement read, “We note with dismay that Mr Safiyanu Abba, the Head of DSS at NAIA deliberately obstructed airport security process, and slapped an Aviation Security Officer who was performing his duty by calling on Mr Safiyanu Abba to desist from doing so.
“This happened on the 17th July at about 15:25 hours. He breached security procedure by obstructing further search of a visitor who had just walked through the metal detector and activated the alarm.
“The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria strongly condemns this abuse of power and the security process in our airport. This has also been duly escalated. FAAN is committed to the core values of safety, security, and comfort.”
There had been reported cases of security breach last week at some of the airports by VIPs.