By Bukar Bolori
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said that its preliminary findings showed that none of its officers assaulted an Air peace airline passenger, Ms. Abiri Oluwabusayo Khloe, at the departure gate of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The passenger had in social media publications alleged a female NDLEA officer harassed and assaulted her in the early hours of Sunday (yesterday)
A statement by the spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi however said while further investigation of the allegation is ongoing, the following facts have so far been established that at about 12:20am 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.
He said in the course of searching her luggage, which contains about eight 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, noting that this attitude is naturally a red flag that would raise suspicion and equally taken as an attempt to distract the officer.
Babafemi alleged that 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, and that it was 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.
Babafemi however assured the aggrieved passenger and the public 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.