Citizens who engage in farming activities on the vicinity around Yakubu Gowon Airport, Jos, constitute a threat to peace and security.
They have therefore been given a quit notice by the federal government.
The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), which gave the quit order to the farmers, also warned that failure by the affected farmers to obey the order would be visited with stiff sanction.
In a statement threatening to arrest and prosecute offenders, the Airport Security Committee of FAAN said “the decision was reached after an appraisal of the security challenges and airport operational safety threat posed by grain crops farming”, in the vicinity.
The statement, signed by the Airport Corporate Communication Manager, Mr Alfred Itua, added that the Special Task Force (STF) in charge of security in Jos had, after an exhaustive meeting with the Airport Security Committee, said it took the decision in the interest of safety and security of passengers and other airport users.
The ban, which according to Itua, takes effect immediately, is coming a few days after the Governor of the state, Jonah Jang, had raised the alarm on the plans by terrorists to attack the state during the Christmas festive period.
Jang, while at the annual thanksgiving service of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), had said that security report reaching him was that the enemies of the state had perfected plans to strike, but urged citizens and security agents to be on the alert.
And with the expected crowd of dignitaries that troop into Jos during the forthcoming burial ceremonies of the former governor of the state, Chief Solomon Lar, agents are now on the red alert to tackle any eventuality.