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Landing equipment stolen at Benin airport days after purchase

An equipment that was recently purchased to aid the take-off and landing of aircraft has been stolen at the Benin Airport, Edo State, South-South Nigeria, the state government said, Premium Times reports

“The Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, has condemned the theft of part of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) being installed at the Benin Airport,” a statement issued on Thursday by the Edo State Government House, Benin, said.

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Landing equipment stolen at Benin airport days after purchase


The Benin Airport is owned and operated by the federal government.

The equipment, according to the statement, were bought a few days ago by the state government to enable aircraft take off and land at the airport on 24 hours basis.

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The statement said:

“The Instrument Landing System (ILS) is a radio navigation system which provides aircraft with horizontal and vertical guidance before and during landing.”

It added:

“Some equipment in the Glide Slope, a component of the ILS, which provides the vertical guidance was stolen while facilities at the localiser component were intact.”

A disappointed Mr Obaseki, who was on a tour of the facility at the airport, is said to have directed the Nigerian intelligence service, the State Security Service (SSS) to immediately investigate and fish out those behind the theft.

“I assured Edo people that our Airport will render 24-hour services and we have been working on that with the relevant federal government agencies to see how we can get the necessary equipment in place to allow this happen,” the governor was quoted as saying in a meeting with a senior official of the Nigerian Airforce, before he inspected the facilities at the airport.

“We have been able to secure the ILS and the necessary equipment, we also have an agreement to put runway lights so that planes can be guided to land at night.

“Work has started but there is little incident as some of the equipment bought last week have been stolen. We have brought in security agencies to investigate and get the culprits arrested and ensure the work proceeds as desired.

“Our goal is to ensure that before the harmattan season, the Benin Airport will be ready to function as a 24/7 Airport and more importantly, have the landing system to navigate flights even in bad weather,” Mr Obaseki said.

Officials of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the National Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) accompanied the governor on the facility tour.

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65 Comments

  1. There should be securities that watch over there,and any on me ho stole the equipment might have known when the equipment will land

  2. great thieves,upon how heavy it is,wat abt the security guiding that place ,how sure re.we.that he is not aware.of it.

  3. Ahhhah despite the heavy security over there,it must have been one of them that knows about it that stole it,Nigeria with funny thing

  4. If they can do that, it then mean their is no security in the airport. Government should take note

  5. Theft is regarded as a normal policy in Nigeria ,even inside airport, that is serious.

  6. Nothing wey dem no dey steal for this our country, they even steal for inside airport wey security tight,I hail some people o

  7. Stealing equipments meant to make life easier and work more efficient can only be done because of greed and ignorance,the entire team should be investigated there has to be a security breach somewhere

  8. Stealing equipments meant to make life easier and work more efficient can only be done because of greed and ignorance,the entire team should be investigated there has to be a security breach somewhere

  9. You people are very very stupid cos is a federal government property that’s why you did not keep security to watch over it . That’s too bad

  10. Trust me, if you ask guys around there they will tell you that it is not stealing but obtaining. So, it wasn’t stolen but obtained. Securities around the airport questioned.should be questioend

  11. Seriously? You want us to believe this story. How on earth was it stolen with the heavy security personnels at the airport? Nigeria!!!

  12. Bad belle people that dosent like progress are the ones that stole it. But is there no security in the Airport?

  13. I don’t blame the people behind the sudden disappearance of the equipments, it is the current situation of the country that led them to do so

  14. and we are not ashamed to say this. landing equipment stolen and its looking like a normal thing to us. if something as a landing equipment can be removed from an airport and we call it stealing, are we not scared that our planes that are parked and likely to fly soonest are not safe? cos any thief can go to the parked aircraft and steal something without the securities knowing, only to risk the lives of passengers. how pathetic

  15. Nothing we nor go hear or see for dis our country how are we sure dey even bought d instrument na con to stell am father save ur plp

  16. The security operatives should hold first and foremost, the internal security at the airport. They can’t claimed they have no knowledge about what has happened. For things to work in the society, responsibility must be shared. As far as I am concerned, the internal security arrangement is responsible for the safety of that gadget.

  17. How can a rat stole things that gave for him to keep, arrest the director of that airport, the equipment will come out

  18. This our country is going from bad to worst..how can something this important been stolen hw did it happen.is it because it FG property

  19. Poor security agent at the site, are they sleeping or what happened that such equipment is stolen without catching those behind it.

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