Alleged Lagos explosion: Luggage owner not yet contacted

By Oyise Oghene

Security personnel have not  yet  contact Luggage ownerinvovle in the explosion that rocks  the Lagos airport in Nigaria

Following the alleged bomb explosion that rocks the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos on Tuesday night, security personnel are yet to get in contact with the owner of the abandoned hand luggage that caused the panic at the airport.

Biztellers gathered that the owner of the baggage, one Mr. Salami A. Atolagbe-Aro is yet to claim his hand luggage which contained personal effects, in the custody of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria’s Aviation Security Crime Investigation Bureau (CIB).

The Chief Security Officer, FAAN, Mr. Nathaniel Onoigboria when contacted said that the hand luggage was still in the agency’s custody adding that his personnel had been trying to get in touch with Mr. Atolagbe-Aro to claim his luggage, but he was yet to respond to any of the calls made to his phone.

He however attributed the publicity generated by the luggage abandonment to the reason why Mr. Atolagbe-Aro might not want to come for the luggage, affirming that there was nothing incriminating that was found in the luggage when frisked by the security agents.

He said, “We have been calling him, but he’s yet to pick his calls. It’s like an embarrassment to him because the issue was blown out of proportion. Maybe when things calm down a little bit, he would pick his call and eventually come for his luggage. As at the time I’m talking to you now, the bag is still with us in our office.”

Also, the Commercial Country Manager, British Airways, Mr. Kola Olayinka commended the security operatives at the airport for their quick response, but declined to say if the airline had got in touch with the owner of the abandoned luggage.

He reiterated that the airline would not toy with the security and safety of its passengers anywhere in the world, just as he said that the incident occurred on ground on the airline’s arrival from United Kingdom.

He said, “We want to praise the efficiency of our security operatives in Nigeria both the Special Squad Unit of the police and that of FAAN AVSEC. What was displayed last night (Tuesday) has put Nigeria on the map of a place you can react quickly and efficiently if anything untoward was to happen. The issue is currently before the airport security and the industry regulator and they are trying to unravel why the bag was left alone by the owner.

“There is this announcement all over the world that you should never leave your bag unattended to, to avoid destruction of the bag. We don’t know why this particular passenger left the bag unattended, but to the glory of God, nothing incriminating was found inside the bag.

“The security people are doing that and I think it might be better not to put his name here so that we don’t embarrass anybody. The airport police and the NCAA are already working on that.”

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