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Nigeria equips airports with 3-D body scanners

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 21:59

Abuja: Nigeria has installed two 3-D full
body scanners, which can detect anything hidden on a human
body, at its largest airport as part of tightening security
measures following a botched attempt by a Nigerian youth to
blow up a US plane on Christmas Day.

The scanners were installed at Murtala Mohammed
International airport in Lagos to prevent persons from
boarding planes with dangerous weapons, Akin Olukunle,
spokesperson of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria
(FAAN), said.
On December 25 last year, a Nigerian Umar Farouk
Abdulmutallab who passed through the airport security system
attempted to detonate a bomb hidden under his clothing aboard
a United States Delta airliner.

"The scanners will also be installed at the other
airports in Port Harcourt, Kano and Abuja," Olukunle said.

He said the step was one of the requirements to get
Nigeria de-listed from the 14 countries mentioned by the US as
requiring special security measures for citizens and flights
entering the country.

"The installation of the scanners cost around USD
300,000 dollars and is in compliance with international
standards and to fight international terrorism," the
spokesperson said.
There were 290 people on board when Abdulmutallab
attempted to blow up the Delta jet but his effort was foiled
by another passenger who pounced on him as the bombs failed to

The accused appeared in a US court on trial for
attempted murder charges.


First Published: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 21:59

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