Itâ€™s disheartening to see those of very high status in the society descend so low to the point of acting like â€˜nuisanceâ€™ over issues that ought to be handled with a high level of maturity.
The Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, few days ago was the scene of an upheaval as personnel of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and officials of Chief Harry Akande led AIC Nigeria Limited, engaged in a free for all fight over a piece of land located close to the international airport terminal building.
FAAN had taken possession of the land ceded to AIC for the construction of a hotel following a court ruling and deployed its workers to clear the land with two tractors.
Chairman of AIC, Chief Harry Akande, guarded by hooligans invaded the land to prevent FAAN officials from working on the land, even as he said the court ruling did not direct FAAN to take possession of the land.
The scuffle which lasted for several hours attracted the attention of travelers and airport users. Some Policemen from the Murtala Muhammed Airport led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations), Chucks Enwonwu were around to restore peace while appealing to the parties to settle the matter amicably.
An eyewitness who claimed anonymity said that FAAN workers attacked the concessionaire, stressing that they were only there to ensure security in the area.
He said, â€œWe wish to draw the attention of relevant government agencies and the general public to the invasion of part of Murtala Muhammed Airport land by thugs hired by AIC Ltd, owned by Chief Harry Akande, in defiance of the judgement delivered by the Federal High Court, Lagos, on June 19, 2013 in favour of the Federal Airports Authority Nigeria (FAAN), over the disputed hotel concession between the two parties.
â€œThe thugs, who are armed with dangerous weapons, are constituting a threat to security and safety at the airport because they are occupying a piece of land located very close to the tarmac of the airport.â€ An insider of AIC, Chief Niyi Akande however stated, â€œThe court did not order FAAN to take over the land. The court judgement was yet to be delivered to any of the parties. We have a legal agreement with FAAN and expect the agency to respect the agreement.â€
He alleged that the authority had perfected plans to re-allocate the land to a Chinese firm, which he said was a contravention of the agreement it had with the agency in 1998.
FAAN and AIC have been at loggerheads over the land which was concessioned to AIC for 50 years but was revoked in 2000 by FAAN. In January this year, both parties also clashed over the parcel of land.