The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has denied a claim that its official assaulted a former Big Brother Naija housemate, Khloe Abiri, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
In a series of posts shared on her Instagram page, Khloe alleged that a female official of the NDLEA harassed her, seized her phone, and used derogatory words on her.
The reality star also accused the NDLEA officer of making her bleed by breaking her nails, adding that she missed her scheduled flight at the airport due to the incident.
Khloe wrote, “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.”
“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 ????”
NDLEA Denies Assaulting BBNaija Star, Khloe Abiri
In a statement by its spokesman, Femi Babafemi, the NDLEA said its official did not assault Khloe, rather she hurled a number of unprintable insults at the female officer searching her luggage.
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.”
“The passenger had in social media publications alleged a female NDLEA officer harassed and assaulted her. 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.
“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.”
This comes a few weeks after Khloe lamented over the challenges she’s facing as a citizen, saying that being a Nigerian is a curse both at home and abroad.