Allegation of luggage pilfering resurfaces at Lagos airport
IKEJA-Pilfering of belongings of air travellers has returned in full force at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The
development has left many victims with sour tales of how they lost
valuables after arriving at the airport from various overseas countries.
The victims alleged that their belongings were tampered with during the process of bringing their luggage to the conveyor belts at the arrival hall of the airport.
According to them, any baggage not padlocked stands high risk of being pilfered by the ground staff of the aviation handling companies at the airport. One
of the victims, Mrs Sarah Ashafa, lamented that her luggage had been
tampered with at the nation's premier gateway after a recent trip
Ashafa lamented that
she lost many personal belongings at the airport on June 3 on her return
from a trip to the U.S., saying that she had suffered a similar
"When my bags
got to me through the conveyor belt, I discovered that one of the bags
that had my under wear, shoes and other items had been torn open with
many items missing. I was very embarrassed; why should they steal my
pants along with my shoes and clothes?” she asked.
authorities should do something about it because I know that this will
be happening to other passengers. I believe it happened here in Lagos,''
Another victim, Mr Fred Uzo, who returned to Lagos on May 8, aboard a Delta Airlines flight from the U.S, also complained that he lost an expensive belt he kept in an unlocked compartment of his luggage.
was amazed when I returned home to discover that the belt was gone. I
later realised that I kept the belt in an unlocked compartment of my
"I was totally embarrassed because I didn't realise that such crimes could still be taking place at the Lagos Airport after all the measures put in place by the Federal Government."
said that he had thought that the era of luggage pilfering at the
airport had ended, urging the authorities at the airport to step up
security at the luggage area of the airport.
said that he was not aware that he ought to have reported the incident
to officials of the airline he used or to other relevant authorities at
A staff of the
Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO), who spoke on the
development, said the management of the company was not aware that
belongings of travellers were being tampered with at the airport.