What could have been another major tragedy to the Nigerian entertainment industry was averted yesterday when two gunmen attacked Paul Okoye, one of the twin brothers of the P-Square musical group.
The incident occurred at about 6 p.m. yesterday on Third Mainland Bridge when the dread-carrying singer was on his way to Victoria Island to meet with some friends.
Paul, who was driving his new BMW X6 with customized registration number Rude Boy, had stopped to assist some victims that were involved in an accident in front of him, and as soon as he was getting back into his car to leave the scene, two gunmen approached him and demanded for all his valuables.
“I was about leaving when these two guys surfaced from nowhere and demanded for everything I had on me at gun point. They actually succeeded in taking my phones, money, jewelry and other valuables, but just as they were about collecting my car key, one woman who had noticed what was happening screamed and alerted people at the accident scene. And that was when the gunmen ran away.”
The gunmen, according to Paul, “said they were not going to beat or shoot me, but warned that I must cooperate with them. It was so funny because they said what they wanted was their own share from P Square’s ‘largesse’. But I just thank God that they didn’t hurt me.”
Few weeks back, another entertainer, Denrele Edun and his friends were attacked by robbers on their way from a musical video shooting on Victoria Island. Some of the valuables they lost to the robbers include blackberry phones, money and laptops.
Also, popular Yoruba actor, Muyiwa Ademolan was last month robbed of his Montero automobile and other valuables by armed robbers.
A few days before Muyiwa was attacked, his friend and business associate, Kazeem Afolayan, CEO of Epsalum Movies also lost his Honda Acura to armed robbers, while fast-rising Hip Hop singer, Wiz Kid, also lost his car to robbers in Lagos recently.