The Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos Police Command, has identified the man who climbed an Azman Air aircraft at the airport on Friday as Usman Adamu from neighbouring Republic of Niger.
The spokesperson for the Command, DSP Joseph Alabi, disclosed the identity of the 32-year-old Nigerien to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN on Saturday in Lagos.
Alabi said the Nigerien, who is currently being held by the command, could not speak or understand English Language.
He, however said investigation was still ongoing to ascertain how Adamu gained access to the heavily restricted area at the airport.
Recall that passengers aboard a Port Harcourt-bound Azman Air flight were thrown into panic on Friday after a man, now identified as Adamu climbed the aircraft while it was about to take off at the MMIA.
He was later apprehended by Aviation Security Personnel of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, and taken to its detention facility, before the case was transferred to the Police for further investigation.
Recall also that as a result of the incident, FAAN placed an indefinite suspension on the Aviation Security Unit heads who were on duty when the incident occurred.
FAAN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, had in a statement, said the agency viewed the breach as a serious security concern.
The suspended officers included the Airport Chief of Security, Mamman Mohammed Sadiku, and International Terminal Security Office, Oni Abiodun.
Others were Head of Department, Domestic Terminal 2, Kenneth Okezie and Head of Department, Domestic Terminal 1, Adebowale Ayodele.