Suspected disabled suicide bomber arrested near Lagos airport

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THE security officials close to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, on Monday arrested a suspected suicide bomber.

The presence of the young man, who is disabled, threw the airport
into confusion as people scampered for safety following the
incident.

A source who confirmed this to our correspondent on the condition
of anonymity, said the man was arrested for allegedly planning to
bomb the Centrex Unit of the Nigerian Airspace Management
Agency along the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.

The source said the suspect was arrested by the security
operatives as he attempted to detonate the explosive device he
wore round his body, adding that the suspect’s movement
attracted the attention of security operatives, who rounded him up
around the complex.

He said, “Our security men were curious of his presence at the
place and they queried him, but the explanation he gave was not
convincing. So, they kept an eye on him. A few seconds later, they
discovered that he was struggling and protecting an object tied
around his neck.

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“The Airport Police Command was promptly alerted and he was
immediately handed over to the police. I can confirm to you that he
was immediately taken to the Beesam Police Station within the
airport. Why he chose NAMA and airport is still unknown to some
of us here.”

As at press time, the suspect was still being held at the Beesam
Police Station within the airport, undergoing interrogation.
When contacted, the Commissioner of Police, Airport Command,
Mr. Waheed Salahu, declined to comment, saying that it would be
too premature to talk with the media at the moment.

But a source close to the command confirmed the story to our
correspondent.

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The command source said that the suspect was arrested around
noon yesterday (on Monday) and had been taken to the Beesam
Police Station.

The source could not, however, confirm if the suspect was a
member of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram. However, he confirmed
that explosive devices were on the suspect as at the time of arrest.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Airspace Management Authority has
denied that the suspected suicide bomber was arrested at one of
the agency’s facilities at the Murtala Muhammed International
Airport, Lagos, on Monday.

Spokesman for NAMA, Mr. Supo Atobatele, in a statement on
Monday, said that the suspect was on the ground making phone
calls along the Airport Road, close to CENTREX, an annex office of
NAMA, when the agency’s security personnel accosted him of his
presence.

He said, “The basic truth, however, is that the said suspect was on
the ground making phone calls along the airport road close to
CENTREX, an annex office of NAMA when the agency’s security
personnel accosted him of his presence”.

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“His incoherent explanation exposed him to the security personnel,
who later found on him some devices suspected to be explosives.
He was subsequently handed over to the Airport Police Command
for further investigation”.

Atobatele said that the Managing Director, Mr. Ibrahim
Abdulsalam, commended the security personnel for their vigilance
and prompt arrest of the suspect.