Davido crew attacks custom officers at Lagos airport

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Activities were temporarily halted this evening

at the arrival section of the Murtala Muhammed

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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 officials of the Nigeria

Customs Service (NCS), Aviation Security

(AVSEC), a department under the Federal

Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and a staff

of Checkport over an attempt to check 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 luggage, which the aides

refused to allow the officials of the Checkport

verify with the attached tags.

Davido

Crisis broke out when a Checkport staff at the

airport attempted to verify some of the checked

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luggage with the attached tags, but, rather than

allow the staff to carry out his official duty, the

aide (Kayode) insisted that he would not allow

him to verify the luggage, which after much

arguments and insistence, led to fisticuffs.

Kayode punched the Checkport staff on the

face, which attracted other security officials at

the terminal who immediately attempted to

arrest the aide.

But, rather than obey, he resisted arrest and

pummelled another airport staff at the baggage

claim area.

When he seemed uncontrollable, the security

officials mobilized and forced him to a restricted

area within the terminal known as “tango city.”

Tango City is a place where touts and unruly

persons are detained within the terminal before

being transferred to a police station for further a

possible interrogation and possible prosecution.

At Tango City, the aide allegedly continued his

attacks on security officials by hitting a female

AVSEC official who was taking notes of the

incident in the tummy and later pushed another

Customs personnel who landed awkwardly and

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cut his wrist in the industrial fan in the area.

As all 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 in

vain having mobilized some officials with cash

to take care of the problem.

An eyewitness told our correspondent that the

entire 17 luggage belonging to Davido are yet to

be released to him and information gathered

indicated that one of the luggage might contain

a huge sum of cash in foreign currencies.

As at the time of filing in this report, it was not

clear if the aide had been transferred to the

State CID as threatened by the security officials,

but it can be established that the luggage are

still being withheld by airport security officials.

The eyewitness said: “Whenever Davido arrives

the airport, he usually leave his check-in

luggage for his aides to clear. Immediately he

arrives on a flight, he goes out and will start

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doling out money outside the terminal.

“Today, he arrived as usual with several luggage

and about 17 in all. The rule is that whenever

you arrive, you are expected to release your

tags to the Checkport staff for confirmation and

verification, but rather than comply with the

simple rule, one of his aides insisted he won’t

allow them to check the tags.

“He rebuffed everyone who were carrying out

their lawful duties and resorted to attack the

officials. No fewer than four officials were

beaten by the person in question with at least

two of them soaked in blood.

“When he was uncontrollable, he was bundled

into the cell and he insisted that he must be

taken to a police station. This however,

attracted Davido’s attention who was already

out of the terminal. He had to return, but the

security officials refused to hand over the

luggage to him. One of the luggage we even

gathered contained some money in foreign

currencies.”

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