Reporter: CHUKWUMA EZOGU –
Over two kilometres ongoing perimeter fencing at Akanu Ibiam International Airport have been demolished by one Mr. John Jerry Emejulu who is claiming ownership of a portion of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria property.
The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika while briefing journalists after a visit to the scene, frowned at the indiscriminate act. Senator Sirika said that Government would employ the full weight of the law to ensure that the culprit never go unpunished.
“It is a wrong time to test our resolve. The individual will certainly be dealt with maximally without recourse. I am sure he will regret doing this and of course this is also an opportunity for Government to show that no one can take the law into his hands and willfully destroy national asset belonging to 200 million of all of us.
“This will certainly be the end of this kind of recklessness. We will not forgive him. The Chief of Air Staff, the Inspector General of Police, the Director General, DSS, others, will be directed to do the needful and bring him to book, so that anybody who would contemplate doing something like this in future will have a rethink.
“We are Government in place; we are not a lawless country; we are not in a banana republic, we are in the Federal Republic of Nigeria governed by laws. Certainly, this is not acceptable and I am sure that we are equal to the task of rising in defence of our national asset”, the Minister maintained.
Senator Sirika further restated the Federal Government’s commitment towards reopening of Akanu Ibiam International Airport on the thirtieth of August as earlier slated. The Enugu State Governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi earlier visited the scene of the destruction and declared the individual wanted.