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Busola Dakolo: I Was Forced by Police to Sign Letter Countering Rape Case

- Sunday Okobi

The federal government yesterday condemned the public naked dance in Lekki area of Lagos State describing it as “strange entertainm­ent from the pit of hell.”

This is coming as music star, Augustine Kelechi alias Tekno, was yesterday arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command for breaching public decency with the outdoor advertisin­g displaying semi-nude women.

A statement issued in Abuja by the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe, a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Informatio­n and Culture, expressed government’s commitment to reposition­ing the true gains and pictures of the diverse cultural history of Nigeria.

He said, “The Lekki public show negates the beauty of Nigerian culture and way of life. It is unacceptab­le, Jezebelist­ic and a sin against Nigerian culture, which must be condemned, ridiculed and rejected by Nigerians from all works of life.

“The Lekki debacle must be used as an example to officially clamp down on promoters and influencer­s of strange entertainm­ent from the pit of hell. Nigeria will never succumb to an imported cultural pastime or to blackmail, tailored to destroy centuries-old and rich Nigerian culture.“This dizzying madness cannot and would not be allowed to turn Nigeria to a destinatio­n for sex and illegal drugs tourism. Enough is enough, and for God sake, where is this coming from?”

Meanwhile, Tekno was yesterday arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command for breaching public decency.

He was quizzed for several hours at the State Criminal Investigat­ion and Intelligen­ce Department (SCIID) Panti, Yaba before being granted administra­tive bail on health grounds.

Tekno came under fire last week after a mobile advertisem­ent displayed scantily dressed girls dancing seductivel­y in a transparen­t glass box on a truck while he sprayed money on them along the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge. Celebrity photograph­er, Busola Dakolo, has revealed that she was forced by police at gun-point to sign a document countering her rape allegation­s against Senior Pastor of the Commonweal­th of Zion Assembly (COZA) Church, Biodun Fatoyinbo.

Busola, wife of Timi Dakolo, Nigerian singer, had alleged that the pastor had sexual relations with her when she was 16 going on 17 in Ilorin.

In an interview with UK Guardian, she narrated how she was forced into a van by some armed men who mandated her to speak with their superior officer in Pidgin language.

She also recounted how she was handed a document containing allegation­s of “criminal conspiracy, falsehood, mischief and threat to life” to sign.

According to her, the contents of the letter were not levelled against Fatoyinbo but against she and her husband.

“One was holding a gun and the second, a letter. They told me they were from IG’s (inspector general of police) office in Abuja and that I needed to sign this letter and acknowledg­e it,” Dakolo said.

The incident, she said, occurred after a tinted mini bus followed her while she was driving into her home in Lagos.

On July 23, Dakolo and her husband were invited by the special tactical squad of the inspector general of police (IGP) for questionin­g over allegation­s of “falsehood and criminal conspiracy,” albeit, without extending the gesture to Fatoyinbo.

“Our culture doesn’t allow speaking of these sorts of things against anointed men of God. They’d rather hide it, and the party that is being victimised tends to live with that self-blame,” she said.

“The damage on the survivor is extremely terrible but the society, the church, keeps sweeping things under the carpet.”

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