- Category: National Security
- Published on Thursday, 03 May 2012 06:32
- Written by Admin
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A bomb scare of a possible explosive at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MM2) and the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) caused anxiety among passengers, motorists and airport workers yesterday.
As early as 6a.m., operatives with bomb detectors were seen stationed at strategic locations around the airport.
The screening slowed down the free flow of traffic into the airport.
The traffic snarl spread to as far as the General Hospital Roundabout, Ikeja, Ile Zik Bus Stop, Agege Motor Road and others.
Many passengers, who had early morning flight, had to abandon their vehicles and either take to riding on commercial motorcycles popularly known as Okada to beat the traffic and meet up with their flights or had to take to running and trekking, depending on the distance they were from the airport.
At the Murtala Muhammed Domestic Terminal Two (MMA2), the screening was more thorough as vehicles, which hitherto were checked in the multi-layers parking lot of the terminal, were subjected to thorough checking even before they were allowed into the terminal area.
A source at MMA2, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said every vehicle coming into the terminal must be thoroughly screened before even getting onto the multi-layer car park.
Also another source at the Airport Unit of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said: “This traffic is stressful but it is in national interest”.