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Entertainment of Wednesday, 15 June 2022


Arise TV hosts descend on Burna Boy after club incident

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The spat involving Grammy Awards winner, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy has generated mixed reactions from Nigerians who have shared their thoughts on the developing issue.

While fans of the artist have supported his actions on various social media platforms, others have condemned his behavior owing to the fact that this is not the first time he has been involved in such violent acts.

Recall that Burna Boy was involved in an altercation at a nightclub in Lagos believed to be owned by popular socialite and entrepreneur, Obi Cubana.

According to a preliminary police report by the Bar Beach Police Division in Lagos State, security operatives attached to the star allegedly shot two civilians at the nightclub.

The incident occurred around 4 a.m when Burna Boy showed interest in the spouse of another patron at the club. The names of the victims are Irebami Lawrence and another identified simply as Tolu.

While the five policemen involved have been arrested, Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Olumuyiwa Adejobi, noted that to ensure a detailed investigation of the case, Burna Boy would have to be interrogated. So the level of involvement of everyone in the incident will determine his punishment or otherwise. We should not preempt what the report will reveal.”

The news which has dominated the news cycle since it broke has also courted reactions from Entertainment pundits and some of the country's top TV broadcasters.

Sharing their thoughts on the Trending Issues with Ogy Okpe Ob Arise News on Monday, June 14, Dr. Reuben Abati a former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Goodluck Jonathan said celebrities like Burna Boy should be able to draw the line between what is acceptable in society and what is not. He added that they are role models and need to set examples for people who look up to them.

"Whether it is Mercy Aigbe or Burna Boy or Davido or whoever amongst them, stardom comes with responsibilities. These persons must realize that they are role models and need to set examples for people who look up to them."

"I have argued previously that artists do not need to be good persons but more importantly as artists, they need to be good citizens. Don’t say because you are a superstar, you go about misbehaving all over the place."

"The third point is that in this particular case, we were told that Burna Boy got attracted to another man’s wife. And the husband objected to that. You can't say because you are Burna Boy you want to take my wife from me and that was what led to this shooting spree on that occasion."

"If Burna Boy wants a wife, let him go and take one. He is old enough and his parents are capable enough to go through the normal marriage rites and get him a wife of his own. So he should stop going about because he is a star and staring at other people's women. That in itself is an invitation to chaos. If the other man has had the upper hand, he would have been killed and its defense in criminal proceedings will be a provocation."

Rufai Oseni who is a known fan of Burna Boy chastised the singer for flying to Spain and avoided being interrogated by the police when the matter went out of hand.

"It is not the first time, when he does bad, we should also say it. An altercation happened, his police shot somebody and the next thing is he took a plane to Spain. It is not done in any part of the world. What will even lead you like a mega star to have hordes shot people? They could have been killed, anything could have happened.

"An altercation over somebody else’s wife? The police must investigate. You see we must have a country where the high and mighty are brought to book even if you are Burna or anyone."

"The question we should ask is, who othered the orderlies to shoot? If he is found culpable, he should face the full wrath of the law."

"We can’t build a country this way. This is not against Burna but it’s justice."