There was security beef up around the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos with yesterday improved screening measures put in place at the cargo section of the Lagos Airport.
Security agencies including Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Police, State Security Services (SSS) and members of the Association of Nigerian Licenses Customs Agents carried out checks all on in-bound and out-bound cargo at the Lagos Airport.
Security agencies attached to the airport mounted security surveillance checks on vehicles accessing the roads leading into and out of the airport. Vehicular and human movement into the access toll gate , cargo terminal and international terminal of the were affected leading to traffic gridlock for over six hours.
Many airport workers reported late for on account of the traffic gridlock on the road, as many passengers reportedly missed their flights.
From the Ikeja axis of the metropolis to the local and international terminals, vehicles drive bumper to bumper, as the occasioned gridlock impaired smooth flow of vehicular traffic. Sources attributed the traffic to routine security checks around the tollgate and Hajj Camp section of the airport, which was adversely affected.
Many motorists expressed frustrations over the traffic gridlock, which they said made them to lose man hours on the wheels.
“The traffic snarl around the Lagos Airport road could be attributed to reaction to security and intelligence information we received that some people wrote trying to carry out unauthorised activities that could threaten security,” one staff said.
On Monday , aviation security personnel attached to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria ( FAAN), ordered all passengers to switch on their mobile devices including mobile phones, laptops and other electronic gadgets before they undergo screening at the airport.
The motive for switching on the mobile electronic gadgets is to determine their genuineness as part of new security measures