Security agents foil attempt by Boko Haram to bomb Lagos airport
An ingenious attempt by the deadly Boko Haram Islamist terror group to extend its unsavoury activities to metropolitan city of Lagos by bombing the Murtaa Muhammed International Airport was on Monday frustrated by security agents.
A handicapped man, suspected to be of their operatives, was arrested while attempting to detonate an explosive at the Centrex unit of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), at the international wing of the airport.
The suspect, it was learnt, used his physical disability as a guise to gain entrance to the well-guarded airport.
Security men of the agency, sensing his unusual movement while trying to press an object, got him apprehended, upon which he was caught with an explosive detonator.
The airport police command was promptly alerted, while the suspected bomber was handed over to them.
The suspect was then taken to the Beesam police station, Airport command, where he is currently undergoing interrogation.
Meanwhilee, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency(NAMA) has refuted earlier reports that the suspected bomber was arrested at one of the its facilities at the international wing of the airport.
The General Manager, Public Affairs, Supo Atobatele, said the suspect was making phone calls on the airport road, close to CENTREX, an annex office of NAMA, when he was apprehended by security personnel.
“The basic truth, however, is that the said suspect was on the ground making calls when the agency's security personnel accosted him.
“His incoherent explanation exposed him to the security personnel who later found on him some devices suspected to be explosives,” the statement read.