The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said that Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State endangered the lives of other passengers by allegedly violating established COVID-19 protocols at the Port Harcourt International Airport on Tuesday.
The agency stated this in a series of tweets via its official Twitter handle on Thursday.
FAAN said Fintiri refused to have his temperature checked or get sanitised, actions that violated Airport Security and Public Health protocols as directed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
It added that the governor’s entourage of eight persons also did the same thing.
The agency said, “The Management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) hereby strongly condemns the conduct of the Governor of Adamawa state Alh Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, who arrived Port Harcourt international Airport aboard aircraft 5N-IZY, at 17:08 hrs on 14th July 2020 with 8 others, and who flagrantly refused to observe the Airport Security and Public Health protocols as directed by the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 by refusing to have his temperature checked, or being sanitised by the health officials.
“His whole entourage of 8 did exactly as he did. The team that came to receive them drove right through the barricades up to the terminal building ignoring traffic and Aviation Security instructions.
“This irresponsible act endangers all other airport users; it is unacceptable, and as such it has also been duly escalated.
“FAAN hereby cautions all airport users, especially our esteemed VIPs, to please respect the Presidential directive by observing airport Security and Public Health travel protocols put in place to protect all air travellers against acts of unlawful interference, infection and the spread of the covid-19 pandemic.”
Fintiri has yet to respond to the allegations.
The Herald recalls that FAAN on Wednesday accused ex-Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari of assaulting an airport official that tried to disinfect his luggage in line with COVID-19 protocols.
He denied the allegations.