NAN – Managing Director of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Saleh Dunoma, on Saturday, July 4, 2015, said that the newly re-opened Maiduguri International Airport is ready for commercial operations.
In a statement issued by the FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mr Yakubu Dati, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr. Saleh Dunoma assured Nigerians and airport customers that security had been beefed up within and outside the airport for passengers’ safety.
According to reports from NAN reports the airport was suspended operation in December 2014 as a result of a raid on a nearby military unit by boko haram.
Mr. Dunoma assured staffs working at the airport, of management’s support despite the security challenges.
He urged staffs of the airport to support the federal government, especially armed agencies that were using their facilities.
“I urge FAAN workers to remain committed to successful operations as the Maiduguri Airport opens for commercial operations,” he was quoted as saying in the statement.”
The airport was shut down during the thick of the war against Boko Haram, the Islamist terrorist organisation that has waged a jihadist war against the Nigerian state since 2009.
Boko Haram has killed over 100,000 people in his quest to establish Nigeria as an Islamic caliphate practising the crudest form of Sharia law.