A plot by the Boko Haram sect to bomb the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, has been uncovered by the Department of State Services.
The agency said it had foiled the plot, involving a spying network at the airport, by unmasking the brains behind the act.
Following the development, the service has stepped security at all airports across the country to frustrate other criminal plots and protect lives and property.
The DSS, in a statement on Saturday by an official, Tony Opuiyo, stated that it apprehended a 14-year-old boy from Kogi State, Sulaiymon Abdulrahman (a.k.a Sunday Ajayi), who was caught monitoring travellers’ movement, including passenger screening, boarding procedures and other processes in the departure and arrival halls.
It explained that on August 24, 2015, the agency, in liaison with NAIA aviation security, arrested Abdulrahman, who confessed that he infiltrated the airport with the assistance of one Dauda Sadiq (a.k.a Peter), who is presently at large.
According to the service, Abdulrahman revealed that Sadiq directed him to spy on the installation and pass to him information in respect of travellers’ movement, boarding procedures and other processes at the airport.
“With this knowledge, the service is working closely with major aviation stakeholders, especially the Aviation Security Department, to forestall any possible attack and to ensure adequate security at the airports.
“This is aside other measures which have been put in place to ensure protection of lives and property across the country,” the DSS stated.