The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has dismissed a claim that its official assaulted Khloe, the ex-BBNaija housemate, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
In several Instagram posts on Sunday, Khloe, born Abiri Oluwabusayomi, had alleged that a female official of the NDLEA harassed her, seized her phone, and used derogatory words on her.
She claimed that due to the incident, she missed her scheduled flight at the airport. She also shared a video of the encounter.
“One of your workers at MMIA who harass me, seized my phones and passport, made me bleed by breaking my nails, called me a bastard and make me miss my flight,” she wrote.
“I wrote a statement yesterday at the airport and I’m still waiting for what’s next ? or I start posting videos of our you guys harass people. For what exactly ????? I guess the force uniform is too heavy for some people or what ????”
But in a statement by Femi Babafemi, its spokesman, the NDLEA said its official did not assault the reality TV star.
The agency said, “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, Ikeja Lagos in the early hours of today, Sunday 5th December.”
It added that its official only asked Khloe for her luggage while clearing passengers boarding a flight to South Africa when the entrepreneur allegedly started hurling insults at the officer.
The agency claimed Khloe then pointed fingers at her face, prompting the officer to seize her phone.
“While further investigation of the allegation is ongoing, the following facts have so far been established: 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,” it read.
“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.
“The attitude is naturally a red flag that would raise suspicion and equally taken as an attempt to distract the officer.
“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 Cassu 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.”
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