- Jim Iyke has cleared the air on his arrest at the airport after he was alleged to have assaulted a worker
- According to the Nigerian, he never assaulted anyone
Nigerian actor, Jim Iyke, has reacted over his arrest after he was alleged to have assaulted law enforcement officers at the Murtala Mohammed Airport.
YEN.com.gh reported a story of a video of Jim Iyke which went viral on social media showing him in a bit of an altercation with law enforcement officers.
The Nollywood actor has come out to explain what really transpired at the Lagos airport on his way to Abuja.
In an interview with NET, Jim Iyke denied assaulting anyone at the airport saying, "People are just amazing, the truth is that I was running late for a flight in Abuja, and my people had sent my luggage a flight ahead. I tried hard not to miss the flight, but by the time I made it to the gate, the captain had almost shut the aircraft."
He explained further that one of the security guards close by got too eager and got involved.
"One of the security guards who saw me struggling to make my way in got overzealous and got into an argument with my PA. Then they started exchanging words and pointing fingers at the heat of the moment.
"At the end of the day, we couldn’t even make it (the flight) and when we were coming back, the airport assistant went to call the police and said my Personal Assistant hit his face and pushed him.
"But when the policeman saw that it was me, I told them to let us go downstairs to resolve the matter, it was an issue of tempers fraying. We then went downstairs and the matter was resolved. I even boarded the same Dana Air Craft and I was shocked upon my arrival to hear that I was arrested by the Police. Which Police?."
He continued to say "I know that people need content, but let’s not blow things out of proportion, I am not the kind of person who will post a rejoinder on issues like this, because I will be fuelling the fire, but we are all human and we lose our temper at different points in our lives, especially with how rude and unprofessional people are and more bewildering is the fact that people never want to hear the other side of the story."
"The funny part is that this guy they said I slapped came to pick me up at the lounge and took me to the plane. He got me a better seat and I gave him little change because I know the country is hard. We hugged and ended it on a great note. The manager himself took me to the plane and I told him to school his staff on how to treat people. It's sad the length that people will go to spread the fake news about people."'
It will not be the first time the Nigerian actor is in the news for wrong reasons.
In 2011 reports went viral as Jim Iyke was a charged for defrauding a lady of N15m.