Activities were quickly halted tonight at the arrival section of the Murtala Muhammed International airport (MMIA), Lagos, following the unruly behaviour of some aides of the Nigerian musician, David Adeleke aka Davido.
One of the aides of Davido whose name was simply given as “Kayode” a became upset and beat up an official at the airport who asked him to produce his baggage tags at the airport today, later beat up officers of the Nigeria customs service (NCS), Aviation Security (AVSEC), a department underneath the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and a employees of Checkport over an attempt to examine the tags on the checked luggage of Davido on an Emirates flight.
It was gathered that Davido who had arrived the country through an Emirates flight around 5 pm, had 17 checked bags, which the aides refused to allow the officers of the Checkport verify with the attached tags.
Crisis broke out once a Checkport staff at the airport tried to verify some of the checked bags with the attached tags, but, instead of allow the employees to carry out his official duty, the aide (Kayode) insisted that he wouldn’t allow him to verify the luggage, which after a lot of arguments and insistence, led to fisticuffs.
Kayode punched the Checkport staff on the face, which attracted other security officials at the terminal who straightaway attempted to arrest the aide.
But, instead of conform, he resisted arrest and pummelled another airport employees at the baggage claim area.
When he appeared uncontrollable, the security officials mobilized and forced him to a restricted area within the terminal called “tango city.” Tango city may be a place where touts and unruly persons are detained inside the terminal before being transferred to a police station for further a possible interrogation and potential prosecution.
At Tango city, the aide allegedly continued his attacks on security officials by touching a female AVSEC official who was taking notes of the incident in the tummy and later pushed another Customs personnel who landed awkwardly and cut his wrist in the industrial fan within the area.
As of these were going on, Davido was aware of the on-going crisis inside the terminal ran to hide in a car outside the terminal where he awaited the release of his aides and luggage vainly having mobilized some officials with cash to take care of the problem.
An eyewitness told our correspondent that the entire 17 bags belonging to Davido are yet to be released to him and information gathered indicated that one of the bags might contain an enormous sum of money in foreign currencies.
As at the time of filing in this report, it absolutely was not clear if the aide had been transferred to the State law enforcement agency as threatened by the security officers, however it can be established that the luggage are still being withheld by airport security officials.
The witness said: “Whenever Davido arrives the airport, he usually leave his check-in bags for his aides to clear. straightaway he arrives on a flight, he goes out and will begin dishing out cash outside the terminal.
“Today, he arrived as usual with many bags and about 17 altogether. The rule is that whenever you arrive, you’re expected to release your tags to the Checkport staff for confirmation and verification, however instead of comply with the easy rule, one of his aides insisted he won’t permit them to examine the tags.
“He rebuffed everybody who were carrying out their lawful duties and resorted to attack the officers. No fewer than four officials were beaten by the person in question with at least 2 of them soaked in blood.
“When he was uncontrollable, he was bundled into the cell and he insisted that he should be taken to a station. This but, attracted Davido’s attention who was already out of the terminal. He had to come back, but the security officials refused to hand over the baggage to him. one of the baggage we even gathered contained some money in foreign currencies.”