JUST IN: Air Traffic Controller Slumps, Dies on Duty at Abuja Airport

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JUST IN: Airport’s Air Traffic Controller Slumps, Dies on Duty at MMIA

By Kaosara Oladimeji Olayemi

An Air Traffic Controller at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja, Aniekan Inuk Effiong, has died.

Effiong died on duty in the early hours of Monday, according to reports.

The controller, who was in his early 40s, was said to have slumped at his duty post at the Abuja airport’s approach radar.

Though his death has not been officially confirmed, a source at the airport stated the deceased slumped but could not be brought to the hospital due to vehicular restrictions at the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON) site.

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“Before they could get a vehicle and rush him to the hospital he passed on,” the source said.

The deceased was an official of the Nigerian Airspace Management Authority (NAMA).

The source added, “I wish to appeal to the authorities particularly his immediate constituency NAMA, the magnanimous Minister and DG NCAA to please come to the immediate aid of his young family with the hope also that he will be compensated adequately to encourage others.

“While doing all these, may I appeal that the restriction of vehicle to the TRACON site be reviewed immediately while stress test carried out on the surviving ones.

“I humbly submit and seek for prayers for God to forgive his shortcomings and accept him in his bosom.”

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