Fear of Ebola: US not happy with Nigeria over alleged attack of its air marshal

by Jewel Stephen

Claims by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that one of its marshals was attacked with a syringe at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, have been refuted by Nigeria’s aviation authorities, on the basis of unavailability of evidence.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had on Monday said that a marshal, who was on duty, was attacked with a syringe on Sunday, an action that raised eye-brows over the possibility of the syringe being infected by the Ebola Virus Disease.

Although, a security team from the US mission in Nigeria had reviewed security camera footage from the Lagos airport of the air marshal, with no evidence of such occurrence, Deb MacLean, the US embassy spokesperson in Nigeria said that further investigations will still be carried out.

“We can confirm reports that an unknown assailant injected a substance into the arm of a US federal air marshal at the airport in Lagos, Nigeria,” said MacLean, referring to an earlier statement made by US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf.

US law enforcement agencies were collaborating with their Nigerian counterparts to investigate the incident, she added.

Yakubu Dati, spokesperson for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), said that officials were aware of the reports and had been in contact with US diplomats.

It was learnt that the alleged victim is presently undergoing treatment in Houston, Texas; with the FBI confirming that he was not in danger.

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