The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) weekend revealed the identity of the man who prevented an Azman Air flight from taking off on Friday as Usman Adamu, from Niger Republic.
The identity of the man, who claimed to live at the Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos, was confirmed weekend by the General Manager, Public Affairs of FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu.
Niger is a landlocked country that shares its south border with Nigeria.
Passengers onboard the Port Harcourt-bound flight panicked after the man prevented the plane from leaving the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.
The Managing Director of FAAN, Hamisu Yadudu, told journalists on Saturday that the authority takes responsibility for the incident.
Yadudu said the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Transportation, has awarded of contracts for the perimeter fencing airports in the country, including detection devices and CCTV cameras with infrared capacity for night operations to prevent such security breaches.
He added that plans are also underway to erect observation towers this year, so as to enable proper monitoring and coverage of the airport.
FAAN had earlier announced the suspension of four aviation security unit heads who were said to be on duty when the incident occurred.
“The affected officers are the Airport Chief of Security, Mamman Mohammed Sadiku and International Terminal Security Officer, Oni Abiodun.
“Others are the Head of Department Domestic Terminal 2, Kenneth Okezie and Head of Department Domestic Terminal 1, Adebowale Ayodele,” FAAN said.