Airport extortion is beyond Aviation Ministry’s control – Festus Keyamo says

The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, has said the issue of extortion of passengers by officials of government agencies at the nation’s airports is beyond the ministry’s control.


Keyamo, who stated this in a post on X on Sunday, however, said the aviation ministry was working with other ministers responsible for the affected agencies to find a lasting solution to the problem.


The minister’s statement came in response to numerous complaints by travellers over alleged extortion by officials at the airport.


“I have received several complaints about the menace of begging and extortion at our International airports by a few unscrupulous persons who give all of us a bad image,” Keyamo said.


He added, “My phones are beeping every minute with messages about this from well-meaning Nigerians. Just to set the records straight, most of the agencies involved in this menace are not under the control of the aviation ministry, though they are stationed at our airports.


“However, I have been working closely with other ministers, arms of government and agencies who are responsible for these agencies and a solution is in sight soon.”


He mentioned that the ministry was collaborating with the National Security Adviser on the issue, adding that he would soon announce practical steps to “stem this ugly tide.”


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