Federal Gov’t Moves To Tackle Touts, Extortionists At Airports

ABUJA – Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo said efforts are underway to tackle the menace of airports touts and extortionists that are causing problems at Nigeria airports.

The minister stated this in a post on his verified X account (formerly Twitter) on Sunday, expressing sadness over the prevalence of the menace at the country’s international airports.

Keyamo lamented that he had received a series of complaints from Nigerians concerning both situations, saying it was giving the nation a negative image.

“Just to set the records straight, most of the agencies involved in this menace are not under the control of the Aviation Ministry, though they are stationed at our airports.

“However, I have been working closely with other ministers, arms of government and agencies who are responsible for these agencies and a solution is in sight soon.

“We are all working under the coordination of the National Security Adviser who called a meeting a few days ago on this issue, and we shall soon unveil practical steps being taken to stem this ugly tide. We thank Nigerians for their eternal vigilance on this issue.

“I have received several complaints about the menace of begging and extortion at our international airports by a few unscrupulous persons who give all of us a bad image,” Keyamo said.

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