WE’RE NOT SAFE’! – D’BANJ, DJ T, WUNMI OBE OTHERS CRY OUT
On Monday march 10, while everyone joined the building traffic; headed for work, a group of entertainers and allied professionals, unknown to many, downed tools for a while.
Pained by incessant robbery attacks on their friends and colleagues and even fans, the group of concerned entertainers converged somewhere in Ikeja, determined to carry out a rally that’ll show residents of Lagos how embittered they are; how unsafe they now feel in Lagos; and how much they want the relevant authorities to do something.
Time was 10am.
D’Banj, Kunle Afolayan, Dekunle Fuji, Princess, Tee A, Ayo Animashaun, Bisoye Fagade, Yinka Oyedeji, Jedi, DJ T, Wale Oluwaleimu and Efe Omorogbe, all carrying placards, hopped into a coaster bus and set out. Along the way, they were joined by Wunmi Obe, Ego, Joice Ize –Iyamu, Teju Babyface, Buga and other notable entertainers.
Marching towards Galaxy TV, the Governors’ office, the state house of assembly, Channels TV and the office of the commissioner of Police, the aggrieved entertainers made their voices heard. For once, this was no time to joke.
This was no time for music. And they definitely weren’t acting. ‘Robbers have taken over the centre of excellence’, read the inscription on D’Banj’s placard. He told Glitz beats during the rally ‘we’ve become hostages in our own town. Why are robbers after us, we that are making them happy and creating employment?’ he queried. ‘We want the government to so something. We are not safe. And we have nowhere else to go to’ Comedienne Princess, getting very close to tears, lamented ‘it’s getting very unbearable. Broad daylight, that’s when they operate now. And they keep going scot-free. The government needs to do something about this. The police needs to be better equipped; we need street lights in Lagos. And we want people to be very careful when they move around. Bandits are on the loose’.
Other participants expressed similar concerns, narrating personal ordeals in he hands of robbers, and crying out for help. Most of the entertainers made references to the death, on March 2, of Yinka James, wife of Digiprints Chief Marketing Officer Kingsley James. In what appeared very interesting, some of them also made a passionate plea to the robbers. ‘Please do not hurt us. Do not take lives. Take whatever you want to take and leave us alone please’
The speaker of the Lagos state house of Assembly Rt. Honourable Adeyemi Ikuforiji who met with the demonstrators at the assembly complex, shared their agony and assured that the state government was ‘doing everything possible’ to combat crime in the state. ‘It’s top priority on the governor’s agenda. He has told me several times, even in our private moments’, he said. The governor was said to be away in Abuja when the crew stopped over at his office. But the Commissioner of Police, Lagos state, M.D. Abubakar, met with the entertainers in the commission’s board room, exchanging ideas with them, and attempting to throw more light on the inhibitions of the police.