The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Saturday conducted a bomb drill at the Murtala Mohammed Airport (MMA) Ikeja to test the Airport’s response procedures in the event of a real bomb explosion at the Terminal Building.
Even though the exercise had been earlier announced by the FAAN, it inevitably sent shock waves into the city as passengers, and other citizens around the airport reacted fearfully to the drill, as messages went round town that there was a bomb scare at the airport.
Passengers were evacuated. Fire trucks and bomb disposal unit called in, and many passengers left the airport vicinity for fear of what might happen in the exercise to test the MMA Emergency Response Plan.
An earlier statement by the authority on Friday had explained that the testing will be done with a Bomb Simulated Exercise on Saturday, between 10.00am and 11.00am.
This, according to FAAN, is in fulfillment of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s requirements for certification.
The statement signed by FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Yakubu Dati, urged passengers at the Murtala Muhammed Terminal not to panic as a result of the exercise.
He said, “FAAN hereby appeals to passengers and the general public not to panic as adequate arrangements have been put in place to ensure as safe an environment as possible while the exercise lasts.”
“In addition, there will be no disruption to flight operations as a result of the exercise,” he had said.
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