The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has debunked reports that one of its officers assaulted an Air peace airline passenger, Ms Abiri Oluwabusayo Khloe, at the departure gate of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos, on Sunday.
Khloe took to Instagram to call out an NDLEA official named LS Shonibare. She also shared a video of the official charging at her while she was filming her at the airport.
The reality star then shared a video of her broken fingernail, which she blamed the official for. And called on NDLEA to investigate the incident and called on officials to stop “harassing citizens because of their uniforms.”
Responding, NDLEA’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, affirmed that further investigation of the allegation is ongoing, but disclosed some facts that have so far been established.
He said, “At about 12:20 am on Sunday 5th Dec, during an outward clearance of passengers going to South Africa by Air peace, a female passenger, Ms Abiri Oluwabusayo was asked to submit her luggage for a search, which is a regular procedure.
“In the course of searching her luggage, which contains about 8 handbags, Ms Abiri who obviously came late for the flight as shown on CCTV footage became agitated and hurled a number of unprintable insults at the female officer searching her luggage.
“This attitude is naturally a red flag that would raise suspicion and equally taken as an attempt to distract the officer.
“Ms Abiri went further to point fingers in the face of the officer and at the same time pulled out a phone to record the officer in the course of doing her work.
“At that point, the officer seized the phone from her to stop the distraction but that didn’t stop the passenger who brought out another phone to record their encounter.
“The aggrieved passenger and the public are assured that the NDLEA is a law enforcement agency that upholds discipline among its officers and men, and as such will take further steps to investigate any other evidence made available in the course of the ongoing process.”