The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has clarified issues regarding the altercation on May8, between the popular musician, Mr. David Adeleke popularly known as Davido, and its staff at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos ( Read it if you miss it ) over lack of valid visa in his United States Passport...
The Public Relations Officer, NIS, Mr. Chukwuemeka Obua in a statement Sunday, debunked the allegation that Davido was denied exit permit because he refused to bribe the immigration officials at the MM International Airport (MMIA).
Obua gave a detailed account of what transpired at their staff and Skelewu crooner, saying that he had approached Immigration Officers at MMIA on the fateful day with the intention of travelling out of the country and presented a US passport # 460918874 issued at Georgia on 14 December, 2009 and valid till 14th December, 2019.
He said that the officer that attended to him drew his attention to the fact that his US passport has no Nigerian visa on it with which he would have been admitted into the country, only for him to counter that he has a Nigerian passport but forgot it at home.
However, he said, the officer now informed Davido 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.
He said: " Adeleke (Davido) started arguing with the officer who had to refer the case to his superiors. The verdict here too was that he cannot make the trip unless he produces the said Nigerian passport. Livid with anger Adeleke in company of his bodyguards started protesting in a disorderly manner prompting the Comptroller of Immigration in - charge at MMIA to intervene.
"He (NIS Staff) advised Mr. Adeleke to call his bodyguards to order 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".
"Mr. Adeleke (Davido) left and on the following day being Friday, May 9, 2014 produced his Nigerian e passport # A02227477 issued at Abuja on 13th August, 2010 and valid till 12th August, 2015. This passport was endorsed/stamped and he then proceeded on his trip", he added.