The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Wednsday said that former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, violated protocols set aside to curb the spread of COVID-19.
According to FAAN in a statement, Yari on Saturday at the Aminu Kano International Airport refused to adhere to the protocols.
The agency noted that the former governor of Zamfara pushed an officer of the environment department who tried to disinfect his luggage, saying that he is a “very important person (VIP)”.
FAAN condemned the alleged act saying it is “unacceptable” and “irresponsible”.
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The statement reads as follows: “The Management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) hereby strongly condemns the conduct of the former Governor of Zamfara State, Alh. Abdulaziz Yari who blatantly violated the Public Health procedures (#COVID19)on travels at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport on Saturday 11th July 2020.
“He refused to adhere to the protocols and procedures put in place by the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on #COVID19 by forcefully pushing away an officer of the Environment department when he insisted that his luggage must be disinfected.
“The former Governor said the officer should have known he is a VIP. This irresponsible act endangers all other airport users, it is unacceptable, and as such it has been duly escalated.
“FAAN hereby cautions all airport users, especially our esteemed VIPs, to please respect the presidential directive by observing the public health travel protocols put in place to protect all air travellers against infection and the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.”