AIC shuts Lagos airport’s diplomatic park

murtala-muhammed-airport-LagosThe promoter of AIC Limited, Chief Harry Akande, allegedly sealed the Diplomatic Car Park of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Wednesday. A statement by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria said Akande came in a convoy of cars with several men to personally take possession of the land in dispute between his company and FAAN at mid-day. The statement signed by FAAN’s spokesperson, Mr. Yakubu Dati, alleged that Akande used his personal car to block the entrance to the car park, which led to a traffic gridlock at the entrance of the arrival hall of the airport for a long period.

“It took the intervention of aviation security officials to bring the ugly situation under control,” he said. The statement said the men brought by Akande were still loitering inside the park as of the time of this report, thereby constituting a security risk at the airport, adding that a bus loaded with barbed wire was parked on the disputed land. The General Manager, AIC, Chief Niyi Akande, had on Monday sent a text message intimating our correspondent on the planned action, stating that there was an existing court order that disallowed FAAN from tampering with the land in question. He wondered why FAAN disregarded the court order and relocated the airport’s car park to the disputed land. The text read; “FAAN has started using AIC’s MMIA land for parking in another contravention of the subsisting Federal High Court’s order that no party should do anything on the land until the substantive matter is disposed of by the court.


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