Report: Nollywood actor, Jim Iyke, has been arrested at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, for slapping an employee of Dana Air.
According to the reports, the actor arrived late for his 12:15pm Abuja flight and the airline’s security personnel tried to help him to meet up with the flight by searching him.
Sources gathered that the Nigerian actor refused to be searched as he pushed the man away.
However, the man insisted that he must be searched before boarding and his insistence was said to have angered Iyke, who slapped him for ‘wasting his time.’
Iyke was later arrested by officers from the Airport Police Command.
Confirming the incident, Dana Air’s Media and Communications Manager, Kingsley Ezenwa, said Iyke was, however, released, after he had apologised to the airline employee.
Ezenwa added that the actor eventually missed the flight, which was still on ground when the incident happened.
The Public Relations Officer, Airport Command, Alabi Joseph, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, also confirmed the incident, saying that Iyke was released after he tendered an apology.
Actor denies reports of arrest at airport
Mr Iyke has denied reports going around that he was arrested at the airport.
“I am surprised at this news. I am presently seating at the Dana Air office about to board my flight. I missed my flight and when I got to the airport, I wanted to try and see if I could make it because the plane hadn’t gone, they even tried speaking to the pilot but it was late. They had to put me on the next flight.
“My sister just called me to ask this same question because she said her old school friend called her and told she held about my arrest. I have been at the airport for two hours. I don’t know why people will come up with stories like this.”