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Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

Blackout at MMIA

Nigeria’s busiest airport, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, was without electricity for 18 hours yesterday.

There was darkness in the arrivals and departures sections and this must be a serious security threat in a country facing terror from Boko Haram. A source at the airport reported officials there to be “breaking down”.

Blackout yesterday at the airport
Blackout yesterday at the airport

Power supply seems to have returned to its epileptic “normal” in Nigeria following a recent spike. It is suspected that the outage at the airport may be linked to current scarcity of fuel across the country. This means that the airport authorities may not have enough diesel for their generators.

The long queues are back at the petrol stations
The long queues are back at the petrol stations

It is shocking that the President Muhammadu Buhari, who flaunted his military credentials as a retired general during the (s)election campaign as someone who could keep Nigeria secure, has not identified power failure at airports as a significant security lapse that just should not be allowed to happen for 18 hours.

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