FAAN issues warning against bribery, extortion ahead of Eid-el-Kabir festivities

By Innocent Raphael

 In preparation for the upcoming Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has issued a stern warning against bribery and extortion at airports nationwide. The authority has assured travelers of a seamless journey during the festive period.

FAAN’s Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Obiageli Orah conveyed this message in a statement released on Friday.

She emphasized that FAAN has implemented enhanced security measures to ensure the safety of passengers and their belongings.

“FAAN assures Nigerians of very seamless travel through our airports this Sallah festive season, as the authority has consistently taken measures to upgrade her security apparatus to ensure safety of life and property of the travelling public,” Orah stated.

Travelers are advised to arrive at the airport well ahead of their flight schedules to avoid delays. For international flights, FAAN recommends arriving three hours before departure, while local travelers should be at the airport two hours prior.

Orah’s statement also included practical travel tips: “Please ensure that you pack your luggage yourself. Do not leave your luggage unattended. FAAN has expanded the screening area to provide passengers with a better flying experience. Keep an eye on your valuables while passing through screening. Ensure that you park your vehicle properly at the car park to avoid it being towed.”

While urging travelers not to engage the services of touts, FAAN issued a severe warning to all staff and government agencies operating at airports, emphasizing that those caught engaging in bribery or extortion will be punished.

“Do not give bribes or encourage extortion. Respect rules and regulations regarding the carriage of prohibited articles, liquids, and gels. We have information desks at all our airports to assist you. Please make use of them,” the statement concluded.

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