Pandemonium gripped the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Wednesday as an inferno broke out, leading to passengers and airline operators rushing out of the airport in a state of alarm.
Reports indicate that at approximately 0750 hours in the morning, a smoke incident was reported at Terminal 1 of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, located in Ikeja, Lagos. The source of the smoke was traced back to the basement of the Terminal building.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), through its Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Abdullahi Yakubu-Funtua, swiftly responded to the situation. The dedicated firefighters from the Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (ARFFS) of the airport initiated immediate action, displaying professionalism and efficiency. Their rapid response successfully brought the situation under control.
In accordance with their unwavering commitment to the safety and well-being of passengers, staff, and all airport users, FAAN took the precautionary measure of evacuating the Terminal building due to the smoke that had permeated some areas of the facility.
The statement from FAAN concluded with an assurance that the situation was presently under control and a reaffirmation of their commitment to core values of safety, security, and passenger comfort. The incident at the Lagos airport underscores the critical role played by emergency response teams in ensuring the safety of travelers and airport facilities.