From Suleiman ldris, Lagos
Less than a week that Nigerians celebrated two security personnel for their rare show of honesty by returning a traveller’s abandoned handbag, a popular Nigerian yesterday chose to behave in a rather bizzare negative direction.
Mr. Jim Iyke, a popular Nollywood actor was yesterday arrested by police at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos Command for allegedly slapping a Dana Air security staff identified as Suleiman.
Our correspondent gathered that Iyke had arrived late for the flight out of Lagos to Abuja and was reluctant to be screened by the security personnel of the airline, but insistence of one of them was said to heighten his aggression.
Report by the airline showed the actor was billed to depart Lagos aboard a 12:15pm flight, but arrived the terminal some few minutes after 12:00 noon.
Aviation standard procedure stipulates that in a local flight, a traveller should arrive the airport and commence the check-in processes at least an hour to the flight while it goes for two hours on international flight.
It was learnt that Iyke in the course of the aggression damaged some facilities at the terminal, which led to the airline inviting the police to take charge of the unpalatable situation.
He was eventually arrested by the police and detained by the police command.
He, however, wrote a statement and apologised for his unruly behaviour.
Iyke was later checked in into a 6:00pm flight to Abuja out of the airport.
Mr. Kingsley Ezenwa, the spokesman of Dana Air, confirmed the development in an interview with our correspondent.
According to Ezenwa, Iyke had come later for the flight, but because of his personality, the airline’s staff attended to him in order not to miss the flight, but he was not satisfied with the secondary security check he was made to go through like any other passengers for security purpose.
Kingsley said: “He came late for flight and we were actually trying to help him. Someone was seeing him off to the aircraft and even at this, you have to go through the security checks, but he didn’t want to go through this and eventually became violent against the security personnel of the airline who stuck to the rules. He was unruly and gave our staff a slap.
“Our security guys refused to let him go because he actually breached security and the safety regulations. The airport police command intervened in the whole matter and he was arrested. He later wrote a statement and apologised and realised his errors. There was a written statement by him.
“After this we put him on the next flight, which was 6pm out of Lagos.