Mar 15, 2008


Last monday,some Nigerian artistes under the aegis of Coalition of Aggrieved Entertainment Practitioners,held a rally,which they say is the first in a series of planned actions to protest the incessant attack on them by Armed robbers in Lagos.The coalition which include Teju Babyface,Tee A,Howie T,Ego,D'bang,DJ Tee andKunle Afolanyan, lamented the insensitive manner the Lagos state government is handling the onslaughtof armed bandits on the city.'It appears the Police force is sleeping.It appears the government is looking the other way.It appears like no one cares.We are helpless,and that is why we are crying out for help before the situation gets completely out of hand'The group complained in a statement.

The artistes have been on the receiving end of this onslaught.Award winning crooner,TufaceIdibia narrowly escaped death last December when Armed robbers pumped bullets into his thighs in an attempt to rob him and other occupants in his vehicle.Some months back,a Jeep was snatched from the same Tuface.Actress Uche Jombo also lost her car to robbers.Comedian Tee A was the latest in the list of those who have fallen victims of violent armed robbery.But,of a truth,these artistes travails are self-inflicted.Some of them have unknowingly made themselves targets of these criminals due to their reckless and irresponsible display of flamboyance.Any Artiste whom mother luck suddenly smiles on,assumes the status of a 'star',some even 'super stars'.Efizzy and over forming becomes the order of the day.To match this new found status,expensive cars are acquired,with security implications not taken into consideration.How on earth could someone be driving an expensive car like an SUV at about 11:30 pm in a crime prone location inside Lagos with no security details,in view of the attendant circumstances?
It is now time the Government put in placeproper security measuresthat would stem the tide of this ugly development before things really get bad.We can't afford to have another incident like that of South African's Reggea Star,Lucky Dube.Afterall,'who don kpai don kpai...' God forbid!

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