An American has been arrested and detained by the police at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos for allegedly assaulting a towing service official at the airport.

Breedlove Shawn was reportedly accosted by airport officials on Wednesday for allegedly parking at a restricted area of the airport.

The American national was said to have reacted angrily by breaking his car key in the ear of a towing service official.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the towing Company, Billafary Towing Service Limited, Lamidi Falekulo, said the victim was taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja where surgery was performed on him, Igbere TV reports.

Mr Falekulo narrated the incident during a stakeholders’ forum organised by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria’s SERVICOM unit.

“As they were struggling, I didn’t know how he managed to break the key in the worker’s ear. The Airport Police Command detained him and our staff was taken to LASUTH where they operated on him to remove the key,” he said.

The Divisional Police Officer, International Airport, Danjuma Garba, said Mr Shawn would be charged with assault and “inflicting grievous bodily injury” on a man.

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