Umahi stops Flavour from performing in Ebonyi

By Editor on 09/05/2018

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The Ebonyi state government has explained why it stopped the musical show put together by the Nigeria Breweries PLC in Abakaliki which was expected to feature the popular Nigerian Highlife Musician, Chinedu Okoye popularly known as Flavour at Abakaliki last Sunday. 

The state government said the musical show was aborted on account of what it described as insecurity of members of the public and to forestall breakdown of law and order. 

The popular musician was slated to perform at the show at the Ochudo park, Water Walks Road Abakaliki but it was aborted  by the state government about an hour to the commencement leaving thousands of fans disappointed.  

It was gathered that Flavour arrived Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital on Saturday ahead of the musical show slated to thrill his teeming fans in the state. But, at about 9pm that  day, the Special Adviser to Governor David Umahi on Internal Security, Kenneth Ugballa, allegedly led a team of Police officers to the venue.

Eyewitnesses said Mr Ugbala asked the organisers to shut the show down with the help of the Police who also drove everybody out of the venue of the event obviously on the orders of Mr Ugbala.

When contacted, the Special Adviser to the governor, Mr Ugbala argued that the shut down was to prevent the kind of nasty incidents that allegedly happened during a similar show held in Enugu recently.

It would be recalled that the social media was agog last month with the allegations that over 20 ladies were raped in Mr Flavour’s show in Enugu while some left the show naked with their dresses torn by some criminals.

 The Police in Enugu though said no one was rape. It however confirmed a case of attempted rape and stealing of phones and other crimes.

Mr Ugbala blamed the organisers of the Abakaliki show for not informing the Police or any other security agency in the state before staging the show to provide security.

“The security of the state is in our hands, I called the Commissioner of Police and he said he was not informed. They didn’t write to any of the other security agencies in the state, They said they got permission from the CP of Lagos to come and do a show in Ebonyi”.

“At the venue there was no security presence, what they had was only 6 bouncers to maintain security of over 10, 000 persons at the venue. And the whole area was already charged before we came. We have already gathered that about three persons were already robbed of there phones and they called to complain”.

“They held similar show in Enugu which was marred with several irregularities including stampede that allegedly led to some deaths and even allegations of rape. So we wanted to forestall a similar situation from happening here. In that Enugu event they wrote to government and security agencies which were present at the event and still there was stampede and allegations of rape. Then imagine what would have happened in this case which didn’t have security presence, he said.

Posted 09/05/2018 06:09:59 AM

 

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