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The international wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, was temporarily shut in the early hours of Thursday after the mangled body of a dead man was found on Runway 18R of the airport.

Airport officials said the corpse was suddenly found on Runway 18R during a routine runway inspection by Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) personnel.

Hence, it is yet to be established whether the dead man was knocked down by an aircraft taking off or landing on the runway.

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Additionally, the identity of the corpse could not be ascertained as of press time.

The Airport officials, however, told newsmen that the runway was temporarily shut down while a team of officials from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the Nigeria Police Force evacuated the corpse from the runway.

As a result of this, international flights were prevented from landing and taking off from the airport’s international terminal.

The spokesperson for FAAN, Mrs. Faithful Avokerie Hope-Ivbaz, could not immediately confirm the incident, saying she had yet to be briefed on the development.

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Also, the Police Public Relations Officer, Airport Command, Mr Olayinka Ojelade, said he had yet to get the requited signal on the incident.

According to him, the police are still investigating the identity of the dead man and how he got to the security area of the international airport.

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