La­gos Air­port Ex­pe­ri­ences Black Out


Ac­tiv­i­ties at the in­ter­na­tional wing of the Mur­tala Muhammed Air­port were last night paral­ysed fol­low­ing power out­age as dark­ness en­veloped the whole ter­mi­nal.

An eye­wit­ness ac­count said the out­age which lasted for about two hours, forced air­lines to stop at­tend­ing to pas­sen­gers, the Nige­rian Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice stopped the as­sess­ment of pas­sen­gers doc­u­ments as fa­cil­i­ta­tion came to abrupt stop.

Also pas­sen­gers who ar­rived the air­port had to stay back in the air­craft as there was no light in the ar­rival area of the air­port.

Those who had ar­rived al­ready at the bag­gage col­lec­tion hall had to also wait as they hoped that elec­tric­ity would be re­stored.

A source told THISDAY that after wait­ing for some­time, the im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials re­sorted to man­ual ex­am­i­na­tion of pas­sen­gers doc­u­ments as the air­lines were chocked by time and had to leave to meet other con­nec­tions at their des­ti­na­tion.

At the ar­rival ar­eas, there was a grow­ing chaos as an­gry pas­sen­gers be­came im­pa­tient to col­lect their bags.

“I came here more than one hour ago but there was no light then and there is no light now. I am at the E Wing but the D Wing is more chaotic be­cause the pas­sen­gers are get­ting ag­i­tated. The air­lines are hop­ing that their pas­sen­gers could be pro­cessed so the im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials are now re­sort­ing to man­u­ally check our doc­u­ments. No­body is telling us any­thing,” a pas­sen­ger who was trav­el­ling in one of the air­lines told THISDAY.

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