Rumour of looming tremor at Murtala Muhammed International Airport denied

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The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has denied rumours being circulated among people that a tremor may occur at Murtala Muhammed Airport following vibration that happened at the airport on Sunday.

Rumour was rife that on Sunday the airport experienced vibration around 3.00am as unverified reports attributed the cause of the incident to looming tremor.

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But in a swift reaction to the rumour, Senator Sirika via a statement issued by the Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, explained what led to the vibration just as he denied the tremor rumour.

Sirika said, “It is wrong and erroneous to say that the structure of the Murtala Muhammed Airport is failing and there was an earthquake as reported by some sections of the media; it is not so. What happened was that there were vibrations at the air handling room of the cooling system; this door is a huge metal door that needed to be locked properly; it was locked but wasn’t latched properly; the latches were not in place and that gave rise to the vibrations because there are moving parts within the system.

“There are motors and fans and other things activated to create the necessary cooling system. That door responded to the vibration and because it wasn’t latched, it was vibrating and that vibration was directly under the counter of Royal Air Maroc and people assumed the structure was vibrating to the point of collapse.”

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