Military, there was no attack at Kaduna airport
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The Nigerian military had said troops killed the 12 bandits that attacked the Kaduna International Airport on Saturday and that the incident occurred six kilometers away from the terminal and outside the airport perimeter’s fence.
On Monday clarification was made about the attack when the Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan; Garrison Commander, 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna Brig.-Gen. Uriah Opuene; and Air Force Base Commander, Air Commodore Ademuyiwa Adedoyin, visited the scene of the attack.
Briefing journalists during the visitation, Opuene, said there are several layers of security at the airport and that bandits could not have dared to attack it.
“As you can see, this place is about six kilometers away from the airport terminal. The bandits were only passing behind the airport perimeter fence when they saw the security man engaged by NAMA and they fired at him. They just took advantage of that to pass a message that they have attacked the airport.
“There are several layers of security at the airport. This is the first layer and even this first layer was not breached because, from the moment of hearing that shot, it took our men just about three minutes to get here from the next layer of security.
On arrival, the bandits were already running away. So, we engaged them through the use of ground forces. Then we called for an airstrike and a helicopter was deployed from the air report, about 12 of the bandits were killed.
“So, as you can see from the distance, the insinuation outside that the terrorists took over the airport is not correct. If the terrorists had entered, they would have met us there.”
While speaking, the Air Force Base Commander said security around the airport area has been beefed up since the security of the Nigerian Defence Academy was breached last year, and that bandits do not dare to attack the airport.
However, the commissioner assured all that the airport is safe and secured, adding that the state government is engaging citizens in communities around the airport to scale up intelligence gathering.