Arik airline staff was nabbed while soliciting bribe from a traveling passenger at the General Aviation Terminal in Lagos, just days after the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria held an emergency meeting over the unrelenting extortion of passengers by airport officials at the country’s airports.

The straying staff’s On Duty Card was revoked before being handed over to the appropriate security agency for action.

In a statement made on Tuesday, November 9, FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu (Mrs.) confirmed the arrest.

The statement was as follows:

“Recent embarrassing online videos where passengers complained of acts of extortion at the nation’s airport had necessitated the need to devise multi level strategies to curb the menace.

“The meeting also resolved that henceforth, any erring airport official caught soliciting for bribes at the nation’s airports will be permanently denied access to working at the airports. Officials were also directed to always wear conspicuous name tags anytime they are on duty.

“The MD/CE, Captain Yadudu further directed the Airport Managers to ensure that all stakeholders at the airports are properly sensitized on the new development as there will be no sacred cows.”

Recall that bribe-seeking personnel at Nigeria’s airports would be forbidden for life from working at FAAN airport terminals across the country, irrespective of whether they work for the government or the private sector, according to the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

After a special meeting with FAAN management, certain airport managers, and the Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr Jumoke Oduwole, the FAAN Managing Director, Capt. Rabiu Yaduda, told press in Abuja on Monday, Nov. 8.

The indiscipline at the airports, according to Yaduda, embarrasses FAAN and Nigeria.

“Recently, we had videos showing the acts of indiscipline and extortions at our airports. They are embarrassing to FAAN, the aviation industry, and Nigeria. So we had a management meeting comprising all FAAN airport managers, with the special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business,” Capt. Yaduda said.

He said:

“They will inform them that any violation or acts of indiscipline, recorded or caught, FAAN will escalate. We will write to their companies and any violator will lose his or her On Duty Card (ODC) permanently, which means you will lose your access card into the airport terminal permanently.”

Acts of indiscipline at the airports were requested to be reported to the authorities.