Few days ago, Nigeria Artist, Davido tweeted that he missed his flight to london because of immigration officers who were harrassing him at the International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos because of money. The NIS has responded to Davido’s claims.
In a statement released by the Nigerian Immigration Service Public Relations Officer, Emeke Obua, they said Davido had approached immigration officer at the Airport on the said day with the intention of travelling out of the country and presented a US passport number 460918874 issued at Geordia on December 14, 2009 and Valid till December 14, 2019.
He also explained that the officer that attended to him drew his attention to the fact that his US passport had no Nigerian visa on it with which he was admitted into the coountry and Davido reportedly responded that he had a Nigerian passport but forget it at home.
“The officer now informed him that he should go and bring the Nigerian passport to convince him that he did not enter Nigeria illegally with a foreign passport without visa. Adeleke started arguing with the officer, who had to refer the case to his superiors and the verdict was that he could not make the trip unless he produced the said Nigerian passport.
“Livid with anger, Adeleke, in company with his bodyguards, started protesting in a disorderly manner, prompting the Comptroller of Immigration in-charge at MMIA to intervene. He advised Adeleke to call his bodyguards to order (caution) and comply with the lawful instruction which would not only erase any doubt as to his immigration status but also establish his claim to dual citizenship.”
“This behaviour of Adeleke is quite unfortunate. One would ordinarily have expected some form of commendation from him for the professional manner the officers, who attended to him, conducted themselves especially in saving him from embarrassment at some international port of entry by ensuring that his passport is endorsed as is the law and practice in Nigeria .
“The intention of this statement is not to to join issues with Mr. Adeleke but to set the facts of the incident, as it happened at MMIA on the said day straight.”