Despite the recent news that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Nigeria as the second West African country to be declared free from the Ebola virus this week, a Nigerian drug smuggler who collapsed and vomited at the Customs area of the Madrid-Barajas Airport terminal, 90 minutes after arriving on a flight from Istanbul, was left to die on the airport floor after bags of cocaine hidden inside his body split open, because airport staff fearing he was suffering from Ebola, refused to provide medical assistance.
According to Spanish daily El Mundo the man collapsed in the customs area of the Madrid-Barajas airport outside the capital after arriving on a flight from Istanbul.
Upon hearing that the man was Nigerian, staff were afraid to approach the man and left him shivering on the airport floor.
‘A civil guard officer initially positioned the man on his side and identified him from personal documents.
‘When it was clear he was a Nigerian, no one dared touch him.
‘Medical staff immediately determined that there was a risk that this could be a case of Ebola.
A passenger accompanying the Nigerian later told police that he had flown from Madrid to Istanbul on October 14 and had not visited Nigeria for four years.