Nigerian Immigration Replies Davido: "He Is Very Rude"

The Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, is not finding the post that singer, David Adeleke, aka Davido, released last week, where he accused some officers of the service of demanding bribe from him and that they made him miss his flight to London.

The Instagram post went viral with many Nigerians giving serious stick to the service in support of the Aye crooner.

But in a swift reaction, the Public Relations department of the service has come out to clear the air on the whole issue, and instead label the Skelewu creator as rude and unruly.

According to the NIS Public Relations Officer, Emeka Obua,

Davido had approached immigration officers at MMIA on the fateful day with the intention of travelling out of the country and presented a US passport number 460918874 issued at Georgia on December 14,  2009 and valid till December 14, 2019.

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 would have been admitted into the country, and Davido reportedly responded that he had a Nigerian passport but forgot 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.

Davido (later) and on the following day, produced his Nigerian e-passport with number A02227477 issued at Abuja on August13, 2010, and valid till August 12, 2015.

The passport was endorsed and the artiste then proceeded on his trip.

This behaviour of  Adeleke is quiet 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.

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