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US Air Marshall in Quarantine After Being Attacked with Syringe in Nigeria



MMIA BellaNaijaA US air Marshall is currently in quarantine in Houston, Texas today, after reportedly being attacked with a syringe by an unknown individual at the Murtala Muhammed International airport in Lagos.

The attack was said to be unprovoked. The assailant injected the air marshal with an unknown substance, abc News reports.

Sources say the air marshal was traveling with a team of his colleagues when the assault occurred in an “unsecured area” of the airport terminal.

After the incident, he boarded his United Airlines flight to Houston, where he was met by health workers from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and FBI agents.

Due to concerns that the substance he was injected with could have potentially contained some form of Ebola Virus, authorities immediately placed him in quarantine.

According to an FBI spokesperson, “The victim did not exhibit any signs of illness during the flight and was transported to a hospital upon landing for further testing. None of the testing conducted has indicated a danger to other passengers.”

Although the individual that attacked the marshal escaped, the other air marshals who were with him at the airport, were able to secure the needle, and take it to the US for testing.

U.S air marshals typically travel undercover in plain clothes. So it is unclear whether the assailant knew the identity of his target.

Speaking on the incident, Jon Adler, national president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, said:

“While there is no immediate intelligence to confirm this was a targeted attack, this is our reminder that international cowards will attempt to take sneaky lethal shots at our honorable men and women abroad.”


  1. Asgrl

    September 9, 2014 at 10:52 am

    We are about to be placed on the no fly list, the entire country that is. Chai!

  2. ada

    September 9, 2014 at 10:52 am

    E get as this story be. Unprovoked attack, just like that? No arrest hmm

  3. blah blah

    September 9, 2014 at 10:59 am

    We are in trouble!

    • Keziah

      September 9, 2014 at 11:21 am

      Lol why are we in trouble?


      September 10, 2014 at 12:33 am

      I tell you. These ppl just keep putting our country out there for the wrong reasons.

  4. The Cakist

    September 9, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Na wa oh! What have we turned into?

  5. sugar sugar

    September 9, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Haba! Was d attacker a Nigerian abi whitie? N he escaped n droped the needle for them, ehei! This tory shaaa! God be wiith d victim biko

  6. Nana Mai Kudi

    September 9, 2014 at 11:07 am

    This story is just too weird! just like that??? this sounds too suspicious biko!

  7. Angel

    September 9, 2014 at 11:09 am

    This story doesn’t add up, with whole lot of stuf going on right now, I honestly do not believe everything the media prints anymore…..

  8. Smallie

    September 9, 2014 at 11:09 am

    That was my first thought. Nigeria would soon be banned from flying into other international countries. God help us all

  9. chika

    September 9, 2014 at 11:13 am

    wetyn d victim dey look till d criminal injected him…….. did he take lexotan before getting to the airport??

  10. Bella

    September 9, 2014 at 11:13 am

    He escaped? how?

  11. Kili

    September 9, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Why are we so mad in Africa.


      September 9, 2014 at 11:33 am

      U dont have to generalise. Someone injected him and ran away? And d US marshall’s allow him escape? What happened to all the trainig they receive in been extra vigilant in any environment they find theirselves. Guess this is confirming my initial thots on Ebola mayb it is a way of curbing influx of Africans to foreign countries #My thots

    • nene

      September 9, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      biko ask them! very weird!

    • DipeyT

      September 9, 2014 at 2:25 pm


  12. deb

    September 9, 2014 at 11:25 am


  13. SpeakTheTruth

    September 9, 2014 at 11:38 am

    WTF… The air marshals couldnt catch the attacker? This is just a set up I swear. This story is fishey on all levels. The conspiracy theorist in me is just thinking all sorts right now.

  14. Omo1

    September 9, 2014 at 11:38 am

    For all we know whoever the attacker was might not even be a Nigerian..but the victim had some other air marshals travelling with come he couldn’t be seized somehow..hmmm

  15. Warri Pickin

    September 9, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Just to call Nigeria a bad name again, abeg dis story carry K-leg sha not so real in my sincere thought

  16. NIRA

    September 9, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Yeye dey smell!!!

  17. kels

    September 9, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Ashi ashi

  18. guess

    September 9, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    When will this people stop blacklisting this country? He wasnt alone yet nobody could catch the said guy? Nobody raised an alarm? Unsecured area of the airport? Theres more to this story. Hopefully it will unfold.

  19. Funmi

    September 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    The story doesn’t add up. Lotsa gaps that need to be closed.

  20. nene

    September 9, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    in the history of nigeria, this has never happened. the emergence of ebola is very suspicious and the spreading of the disease means there’s an agenda behind the disease.

  21. stayce

    September 9, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Dear USA, we know you want to restricts Nigerians from coming to your country. Just issue the statement already. Which kain k-leg story be this abeg? Are you talking to infants? The story doesn’t hold water . So you let the culprit go upon all your expertise in self defence? You said it took place in an “unsecured part” of the airport. Abi na for toilet e happen?

  22. MrsHappy

    September 9, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    This does not add up at all. The needle is attached to the syringe so if he had just stabbed the man with the needle, the substance wouldn’t have gone in. So they are saying that they all stood there and watched as the man allegedly stabbed their colleague, and pushed the syringe down to release the substance into his body? With all the negativity surrounding Nigeria right now, it might look like we are stupid, but we are NOT stupid.

    • tee babe

      September 9, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Totally agree wit u,it does nt make sense.

  23. @edDREAMZ

    September 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Some fools will be spoiling the gud name of nigeria……

  24. ATL's Finest

    September 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Haba, this story & it’s pieces isn’t complete but if at all it’s true, all I can is “Don’t mess with the Americans” lol

  25. Author Unknown

    September 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    This will be a good storyline for a Nollywood movie. Makes no sense…just like Nollywood movies 🙂

    • Koenigin

      September 9, 2014 at 3:57 pm


  26. sunshine

    September 9, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    So let me understand this story; a random person walked into MMA with a syringe, looked for a white man whom he could spiritually identify as an Air Marshal, cornered him in a ‘deserted’ part of that overcrowded airport, injected him with an unknown substance, dropped the syringe and ran away without being intercepted by the association of Air Marshals or MMA authorities, and yet the Marshal was able to fly in plane full of people who were all allowed to enter the US, with only himself being quarantined by the CDC?! Am I the only one that is clearing her throat and calling BS on this one???

    • NaijaPikin

      September 9, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      Definitely B.S. Doesn’t make any sense.

    • Mama

      September 10, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      U are sounding more silly with your remarks…… Go back and read the story then find another line of argument abeg

  27. Halia

    September 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Hmmm.. I smell a rat and I sense a set up of some sort being construed. #thereisamotive #Naijamaybethetarget

  28. Keeping itReal

    September 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I’m pretty much sure the Murtala Mohammed have a hidden camera. Why Noy release it, so we can all see the attacker with the syringe. Since it involves a. U.S Marshall at the airport, when he was stuck, did he scream, as soon as it happened. Watched it this morning on ABC Texas local news, and told my coworker, this doesn’t add up.

  29. marc

    September 10, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Rubbish…cheap blackmail…and u call ursef an air marshall

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