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Security beefed up after one killed at Kaduna airport

Security has been tightened in and around the Kaduna International Airport following a Saturday attack on the facility by a group of people believed to be bandits.

The Airport is located in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Reports say military vehicles and soldiers have been dispatched to the airport following the incident.

During the attack, which took place at noon on Saturday, a member of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), who was guarding some of the navigational facilities, including the Very high-frequency Omni-directional range (VOR), on the airside was killed, according to reports.The Managing Director of NAMA, Matthew Pwajok, who confirmed the attack, said the guard was killed about a kilometre away from the navigational facilities and that the technical staff on duty fled for their lives when their colleague was shot.

“It’s true, bandits attacked our Navaids site which is a kilometre away from the runway, they killed the watchman while the technical staff ran back,: Mr Pwajok recounted.

“We alerted the military and they responded swiftly. The situation is now under control by the military; the few flights were able to take off afterwards.”

An aircraft belonging to AZMAN Air that was scheduled to travel for Lagos was unable to take off due to the commotion caused by the presence of the armed bandits.

In March, last year, a similar attack occurred at the airport, resulting in the kidnapping of family members, including employees of NAMA and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET).

Reporting by Nosa Aituamen; Editing by Daniel Adejo, Saadatu Albashir and Tony Okerafor