Immediate-past Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari has incurred the wrath of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for assaulting an airport official enforcing COVID-19 protocols.
The agency confirmed the incident in a statement on Wednesday.
According to the statement, the incident occurred at the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano on Saturday.
The unnamed airport personnel, a COVID-19 enforcement official, was said to be trying to disinfect the ex-governors luggage when Yari pushed him away, claiming to be an important personality.
FAAN said the ex-governor’s actions were “irresponsible” and a blatant violation of the public health procedures on COVID-19.
“The Management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria hereby strongly condemns the conduct of the former Governor of Zamfara State, Alh. Abdulaziz Yari who blatantly violated the Public Health procedures (COVID-19) on travels at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport on Saturday 11th July 2020.
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“He refused to adhere to the protocols and procedures put in place by the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 19 by forcefully pushing away an officer of the Environment Department when he insisted that his luggage must be disinfected.
“The former Governor said the officer should have known he is a VIP.
“This irresponsible act endangers all other airport users, it is unacceptable, and as such it has been duly escalated.
“FAAN hereby cautions all airport users, especially our esteemed VIPs to please respect the Presidential directive by observing the Public Health travel protocols put in place to protect all air travellers against infection and the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement read.