Joseph Mukan has been appointed as the Commissioner, Murtala Muhammed International Airport Police Command, Lagos.
DSP Joseph Alabi, the command’s spokesman, confirmed the appointment to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos.
Alabi said Mukan, a former Commissioner of Police in Bayelsa State, was deployed to the nation’s busiest airport to replace AIG Aminchi Baraya.
Alabi said: “The new CP is a thorough bred professional, who will bring his wealth of experience to bear toward improving security at the Lagos Airport.
“He has since resumed duty with a stern warning to touts and other unscrupulous people to stay clear of the airport or face prosecution.”
Alabi said that no fewer than 165 people were charged to court for committing various offences at the Lagos Airport from January to December 2018.
According to him, some of the suspects were charged with assault, stealing, obtaining by false pretences as well as unlawful entry and touting.
He said the offences contravened the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Bye Laws.
Alabi said the command made 257 arrests and secured 46 convictions within the period under review.
The spokesman said 32 people were still under investigation, while 60 others were awaiting trial.
He stressed that the command was committed to making the airport and its environs safe and secure for travellers, airline operators and other airport users.