The inspector-general of police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered a probe into the alleged shooting of fun seekers at Club Cubana in Lagos by Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy’s police escort.
The police spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi in a statement on Sunday, said the officers involved in the alleged shooting have been arrested and are being investigated.
One of the five police escorts attached to Burna Boy, Ibrahim, was said to have opened fire on Irebami Lawrence and Tolu, his friend, at the club located around Victoria Island on Wednesday.
According to the statement, the shooting was said to have occurred after the ‘African Giant’ crooner allegedly made a pass at a lady said to be wife to Lawrence.
Lawrence was said to have resisted the alleged advances at his wife by the singer which resulted in a confrontation between him and Burna Boy’s police escort.
In the statement, Adejobi said the IGP described the circumstances surrounding the incident as “unbelievable”.
“The police personnel alleged and identified in the shooting incident at Club Cubana in Victoria Island, Lagos on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, have been taken into custody and are being investigated for their involvement in the incident,” the statement read.
He added that Baba also “condemned, in the strongest terms, the unfortunate incident.”
He also said the IGP has directed Abiodun Alabi, Lagos police commissioner, “to carry out a thorough investigation into the matter and forward his report as urgent as possible for further action.”
Jide, a brother to the victim, had earlier revealed that Lawrence had surgery on Friday.
The victim’s family has, however, called on relevant authorities to ensure justice is served.
Burna Boy is not strange to scandals and controversies.
In 2017, the singer was declared wanted by the Lagos police command in connection with the robbery attack on another popular musician, Mr. 2kay.
The alleged robbery incident occurred at Eko Hotel and Suites in October 2017.
Tunmise Omotore, the gang leader of the suspected robbers, had said they acted on the instruction of Burna Boy’s road manager at the time, Joel Kantiock.
Also in May 2020, Burna Boy’s neighbours called the police to arrest him and his father over an altercation.
His neighbours were said to have complained about noises coming from his house, leading to the altercation.
In November 2021, Burna Boy and his manager mum, Bose Ogulu were accused of extortion by a US-based show promoter, Emmanuel Chinyere Uzoh, who is the CEO of Gold Moola Entertainment.
Uzoh accused the singer in an Instagram post of refusing to perform at a show despite being paid in full.