From Noah EbijeKaduna
bandits believed to number more than 200, took to the runway at Kaduna International Airport yesterday afternoon, killing a member of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) security staff.
It was established that the bandits forced the authorities to temporarily halt activities at the airport while the army fought off the gunmen.
It was also discovered that the bandits had prevented an Azman flight to Lagos from taking off at around 12:30 p.m.
A source who requested anonymity said: “The attack by the bandits started around midnight today (Saturday). They started attacking the airport around midnight. The bandits alleged that the military took away their livestock.
“The military was able to push them back at midnight and we thought that was it. Indeed, our staff returned to work this morning as usual. They worked around the track from 5:00 a.m. to about 12:00 p.m.
“Then shortly after some NAMA personnel went to check some of their equipment and then these people (bandits) appeared and started shooting. NAMA engineers rushed for safety, they couldn’t even get into the vehicle that was to take them to the site, it was in the process that their security guard was shot in the head.
“The security man was rushed to hospital and confirmed dead.
“As I speak to you, the military is still fighting these guys, and they are proving hard to fend off. Now they had closed the airport.”
However, it was found that many personnel have already fled the airport, while more military personnel have been deployed to the scene for a clearance operation with an armored personnel carrier.
However, at the time of filing this report, the Kaduna State Police Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Muhammad Jalige, as well as the State Commissioner for Homeland Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, did not take the phone calls forwarded to them respectively. by our correspondent.
However, the Kaduna State Government, through the Commissioner for Homeland Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the attack on Kaduna airport by bandits.
Aruwan said in a statement: “Security forces reported that an attack by armed bandits was repelled near Kaduna International Airport.
“Troops stationed in and around the airport responded and repelled the attackers.
“However, the bandits unfortunately shot and killed a staff member posted at the perimeter fence who sounded the alarm upon sighting them.
“Airport operations have resumed with scheduled flights departing after the incident.”