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Davido’s crew member arrested for beating airport staff

Activities were temporarily halted this
evening 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
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. Crisis broke out when a
Checkport staff at the airport attempted to
verify some of the checked 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 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 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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