The federal government has alerted of planned attacks on airport facilities in the country.

In a memo on Monday, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said the Aviation Ministry notified it of the planned attacks.

The agency’s Deputy General Manager of Administration and Logistics, S.M. Mamman, said six airports have been penciled down for attacks.

“I am directed to convey an alert from the Ministry of Aviation regarding security threats by criminal elements against Airports in Nigeria and to request for the immediate enumeration of necessary countermeasures for the protection of Airports/facilities under your purview,” Mr Mamman said. “Specifically, the Airports top on the list for which criminals are considering carrying out attacks include those in Kaduna, Maiduguri, Sokoto, Kano, Abuja, and Lagos amongst others. However, all airports are hereby alerted and requested to operate at a heightened threat level.

“The airport chiefs have been directed to “submit a list of existing and additional countermeasures to address the threats, along with their cost implications where applicable.

“Also, they are expected to urgently convene an emergency meeting of airport security committees “to review the status of airport security, jointly recommend appropriate measures and share responsibility for effective implementation,” he added.