Club shooting: IGP condemns Burna Boy police escorts and orders investigation
Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba has condemned the shooting involving the police escorts attached to a musician, Damini Ogulu, aka Burna Boy, at Club Cubana in Victoria Island, Lagos State.
This was confirmed in a series of tweets posted on Sunday by the Force’s public relations officer, Muyiwa Adejobi.
The tweet, titled “Re:Club shooting in Lagos”, read: “Police personnel alleged and identified in the shooting incident at Club Cubana in Victoria Island, Lagos on Wednesday 8th June 2022 have been placed in police custody and are being investigated for their involvement in the incident.
“The Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, who describes the circumstances surrounding the incident as incredible, however condemned, in the strongest terms, the unfortunate incident.
“As a result, the IGP has directed Lagos State Police Commissioner Abiodun Alabi to thoroughly investigate the matter and forward his report as expeditiously as possible for further action.”
According to the Sunday Punch, the Lagos State Police Commissioner’s Special Squad arrested five officers attached to Burna Boy, for attempted murder, after shooting two entertainment enthusiasts, Irebami Lawrence and another identified simply as Tolu, at Club Cubana on Wednesday.
According to a preliminary report from the Bar Beach Police Division, trouble began when the singer and five police escorts went to the nightclub around 4 a.m. on June 8.
About four police officers waited outside while one of the officers, identified as Inspector Ibrahim, who was in mufti, accompanied the Grammy Award-winning artist into the club.
According to multiple witness statements, the singer was in the VIP section with three women when he spotted another woman.
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He allegedly told Ibrahim to invite the woman to join him. However, the lady’s husband is said to have lambasted the singer, insisting it was disrespectful for any man to make advances to his wife.
After a few minutes, Burna Boy reportedly made further advances to the woman. This further infuriated her husband and his friends who had gathered at the club.
“As things got heated, Ibrahim pulled out his service pistol and fired several times while Burna Boy laughed,” a senior police officer said.
In the aftermath, Lawrence, 27, was shot in the thigh while his friend, Tolu, was hit in the head by a bullet. This caused a stir in the club.
It was learned that Burna Boy and his crew then went to one of his properties at the Elegushi end of the Lekki-Epe highway before leaving for Lekki Phase 1.
“Aware of what he had done, Burna Boy took the next flight without even telling the police. He only made them a video call to inform them that he had been to Spain.
All of his police escorts have been arrested and are currently at the command headquarters,” a senior source at the office of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police said.
Sources close to the victims said the police were already trying to protect Burna Boy because of his status as the victims treated their injuries at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital in Ikeja.