David Adeleke

17 check-in luggage of popular Nigerian musician, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, was yesterday impounded by security agencies attached to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.

The security agencies took the decisive action following the attacks on Aviation Security (AVSEC), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and Checkport personnel at the Lagos airport when he arrived from a trip aboard Emirates Airlines on Thursday evening.

A source close to the Lagos Airport told newsmen Weekend on Friday, that crisis began when Checkport staff at the baggage reclaim area attempted to check the tags on the check-in luggage of Davido, to confirm if it corresponded with the reclaimed luggage.

But, the enquiry of the personnel did not go down well with one of the aides of Davido who refused to tender the tags and resorted to abusive words against the staff.

After few minutes of exchange of words, the aide, allegedly punched the Checkport staff in the face while another Customs personnel close to the scene of the incident was also attacked.

The attacks on personnel led to the reinforcement of security personnel who bundled him to Tango City within the terminal.

Tango City is place where unruly passengers and touts within the airport are taken to by security agencies.

However, at the Tango City, rather than behave well, the aide continued his attack on two AVSEC personnel, one of them was a female lady who was writing the report and another Customs officials whom he attacked and cut his wrist with in the process.

It was at this point that the attention of Davido who was already outside the terminal awaiting the collection of his luggage from his aide was called to the terminal incident.

It was gathered that when Davido arrived the scene, he attempted to ensure the release of the aide, which was rebuffed by the security agencies and insisted on taking the detained aide to Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Panti in Lagos.

As at Friday, the 17 seized luggage of Davido were still at the airport while efforts were being made to transfer the unruly aide to CID, Panti.

The source close to the scene of the incident said: “Davido had arrived Lagos Airport as usual with about 17 luggage 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.

Meanwhile, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is yet to make any statement on the incident as at the time of filling this report.

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