The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has today responded to reports of an incident at the Port Harcourt airport on Saturday saying it was not connected to the wife of the minister of transport, Judith Amaechi.

The agency, which is also supervised by Rotimi Amaechi, said those involved in the said clash were security agents and aides but declined to give further details

In the first report, PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday claimed that Mrs Amaechi was at the centre of the melee on Saturday at the Port Harcourt International Airport. The incident according to reports occurred when she and her entourage arrived late for boarding an Abuja bound Air Peace Airline flight and thereafter attempted to forcefully stop it from taking off without them.

Reports said Mrs Judit Amaechi’s entourage formed a human barricade to prevent the fully boarded aircraft from taking off while her armed security aides beat up two of the airline’s ground staff for not allowing their principal board the flight. The affected ground staff were Confidence Elechi, an aviation security station Coordinator/Supervisor, and Innocent Ekot, a flight dispatcher.

According to a report by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), two officials of its Customer Care Service/SERVICOM unit on duty, Otobo Edward, and the FAAN Marshaller, Promise Nsirim, were also assaulted by the angry aides when they tried to intervene. The report by the Crime Investigation/Intelligence Unit of FAAN at the Port Harcourt International Airport said Mrs Amaechi supervised the brutalization of the officials and directed her aides to seize their staff identity cards, telephones and FAAN on-duty-cards.