Security: FAAN assures of 24/7 surveillance of Lagos and Abuja airports with latest cameras

L:R: Mrs. Anne Egbadon, GM security, MD FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu and the Acting GM Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Faithful Hope-Ivbaze

The Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Captain Rabiu Yadudu says thermal and visual infrared cameras surveillance system have been acquired for effective security of the airfield and perimeter fences at Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport, Abuja.

He said , the visual camera system is to cover from sunrise to sunset while the thermal from sunset to early morning and fully automated.

Captain Yadudu stated this while answering questions from aviation reporters in Lagos on the recent mangled body found on the runway of the Lagos international airport two weeks ago.

He said, investigation into the mangled body found on the runway of the Lagos airport was still ongoing and commenting on the matter would amount to preempting the outcome of the investigation.

According to him, the agency was working to ensure that, the runways and other sensitive areas of the airport were adequately protected.

Captain Yadudu explained that, the solution they had arrived at was the use of surveillance equipment, infrared thermal cameras that would help to capture and track movements around the sensitive areas and the perimeter fences.

The FAAN boss stressed that, the process of acquisition and procurement had been on and President Mohammadu Buhari approved the purchase in November last year, adding that, in a month or two, the equipment would arrive the country for installment.

“And we are buying not one but four of those camera’s to cover the whole airfield and this is fully automated, it will be spanning 360 degrees if it detects any movement in the camera it will lock on to that movement, it is automatic until you disengage it to continue tracking, any movement it will lock and track that movement, that is the technology we are having, daylight and sunset”.

He also disclosed that, order had been placed for two motorized thermal camera system for deployment to any airports in the event of security challenges.

“We also bought two motorized equipment. If you have any security challenges at any airport, we will drive it there and deploy it. Inside the vehicle, we have three screens that we can use to monitor and protect the airports”.

In the meantime, Captain Yadudu said, manual patrols have been stepped up by the airport team with the military, to ensure adequate security of the airfield.

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