Sola Adekola at the Nigerian Tribune explores how criminals in Nigeria have been using international airports to target individuals for abduction – potentially an emerging trend. Tiredness, potential unfamiliarity with the local area and perceived comparative wealth all add to the vulnerability of landing travellers.
In South Africa, it is not uncommon for criminals to follow individuals from OR Tambo International Airport to their home or accommodation, where they are then robbed.
From the Nigerian Tribune –
Airports: Kidnappers new hunting grounds
Different reasons have been attributed to why kidnappers now target international airports for their crimes. But experts who spoke with Sunday Tribune claimed that the kidnappers would naturally have seen the airport, especially the international wings, as a place to find rich people with foreign currencies. While they saw the trend as dangerous, they attributed it to what they call ‘insider threats’ where airport staff with information about flights and passengers collude with kidnappers.
The other reason the experts pointed out is the lax security in most of the nation’s airports. Many key players across the sector have faulted what they called ‘porosity’ of the airports as seen in the number of unlimited and unrestricted entry points to the MMIA, Lagos, in particular.
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