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Not so “happy day” — Patoranking allegedly arrested in Uganda over failure to comply with airport security rules

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AML artists, when you are traveling to another country to perform, regardless of how awesome you think you are, or the millions of fans you have, you should as a general rule follow the laws of the foreign country you are visiting. Also, check in with your local embassy so in case you run into difficulties, they can help you.

Patoranking, per reports from Uganda press, was allegedly arrested today for failure to comply with basic security check on rules at the local airport in Uganda.

“Nigerian Singer Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie better known by his stage name Patoranking, was Yesterday afternoon arrested at Entebbe International Airport for failure to adhere to check in rules.

“He failed to adhere to check-in rules and above all he had not secured his entry visa,” said the source who was at the Airport yesterday.

The source further said that Patoranking thought he was too ‘big’ and he would receive VVIP treatment upon arrival.

“He was just told to remove his cap for security check-up but he chose not to listen to instructions. He was denied entry and arrested for disobeying lawful check in orders.”

Patoranking who arrived at the Airport at around 16:00hrs, was detained for over 7 hours.

After countless times of apologising and begging, Patoranking was later released and granted entry visa.

Trying to show that he is a known celebrity, Patoranking first refused to accept entry visa saying he was disrespected and harassed by immigration officers…”

Full story on RedpepperUganda.

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