On Friday, suspected burglars were apprehended attempting to steal an underground armoured cable feeding the Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.
The suspect was spotted by Nigeria Airforce guards on duty as they excavated the underground cable belonging to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) around the airport perimeter fence area.
They reportedly fled when they saw the NAF guards, and one of them was shot in the arms before being apprehended.
This comes just two weeks after several airport lighting wires were stolen from the MMIA’s international wing’s runway.
According to Daily Trust, the airport has recently reported security breaches, with unauthorised personnel reaching the airport through perimeter fence areas, causing authorities to implement a variety of security measures.
Abdullahi Yakubu-Funtua, Director Public Affairs & Consumer Protection, verified the arrest and added that when the guards were spotted, they took to their heels.
He claimed that one of the guards opened fire on them, striking one of the accused, Usman Musa.
Musa, a 28-year-old Adamawa State native who lives in Ijora, was shot and arrested before being brought to the 661NAF Hospital in Ikeja.
According to an FAAN spokesman, the suspect is currently being treated at General Hospital in Oyingbo, while his other accomplices have escaped.
“Usman Musa will be properly interrogated after he has stabilized,” he said. The Authority feels that this occurrence may hold a key to solving the theft of runway lighting at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja.”