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How Nollywood actor was attacked by thugs – Ayo Badmus

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Simisola

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By OPEOLUWANI AKINTAYO

Notable Yoruba actor, Ayo Badmus will not forget in a hurry the just concluded Salah celebration as it was the day he was beaten black and blue by a group of hoodlums suspected to be political thugs at Oshodi area of Lagos.

The group was said to be working for the chairman of Oshodi Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Insiders said the actor accompanied by his wife and his young brother went to pay ace- cinematographer, Tunde Kelani and family a visit during the Salah holidays when the unexpected happened.

HVP’s investigation revealed that the actor arrived Kelani’s house located at Feyinde Kalisto, Oshodi around 7.30 pm. He said to have been greeted with the spirit of the celebration as their was a lavishing party already going on within the neighborhood.

Leveraging on his popularity, Ayo decided to exchange pleasantries with the residents of the area who he met at the place. His attempt to exchange handshake with the Chairman, Oshodi Local Government Area whom he sighted from afar earned him the beaten of his life. A brother to the Oshodi LGA boss was said to have taken offence when the visiting actor, who was expected to prostrate before the LGA chairman stretched his hands to shake the former.

Unsatisfied with the cold reception accorded to him, the actor made to walk away as the said brother to the LGA boss continued to abuse his sensibility, referring however to Nollywood stars as being useless and stupid set of people.

As if that was not enough, Ayo allegedly was said to have been astounded when thugs numbering about twenty approached him armed with dangerous weapons. And before he knew what was happening, they descended on him, beating him black and blue to the chagrin of his host. Worse still, the said brother to the politician joined the thugs in the assault as he was said to have landed the actor a hot slap across his face.

The Oshodi LGA Chairman was said to have showed indifference while the incident lasted. It was also gathered that the two armed policemen who were his guards did nothing to arrest the situation either.

Confirming the incident to HVP, during the week when he contacted on telephone, Ayo who has featured in several Yoruba films described the attack as unfortunate.’

He said he’s sustained serious injuries resulting from the dangerous weapons the hoodlums used on him. At the moment, the actor is carrying bandage rounded his head.

Hera him: It’s true that I was beaten and almost killed by the thugs guarding the Chairman of Oshodi L.G.A. My wife, my brother and myself went to pay a courtesy to my boss, Tunde Kelani on the Salah day. When we got there, I went round to greet people and when I got to where the Oshodi L.G.A Chairman sat, I wanted to shake him when his brother said I ought to have prostrated.

I didn’t reply him even when he started insulting me, saying actors are stupid and useless. I made to leave when suddenly, I saw a group of thugs, numbering up to twenty pounced on me and started beating me up. They broke bottles on my head, kicked me and almost killed me if not for my wife, brother and other people who came to my rescue.

I’ve done a lot for the Lagos State Government even without being paid. Why should I then be treated in such a manner like a criminal? What the Chairman of Oshodi Local Government and his brother did was wrong. They are public servants and should be polite. I never met them before in my life. Neither did I involve myself in any kind of politics. That day was the first time, I set my eyes on them. They probably felt intimidated by my presence and the way people around hailed me.

Meanwhile attempts to reach the Oshodi LGA boss for his reaction proved abortive as at the time of filing in this report.

How Nollywood actor was attacked by thugs – Ayo Badmus
 

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Oshodi-Isolo LG boss denies attack on Nollywood actor, Ayo Badmus

By Adekunle Aliyu

The Chairman of Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Administration, Hon. Bolaji Ariyoh has officially responded to the allegation and reports that he ordered the attack on Nollywood actor, Mr. Ayo Badmus but promised to facilitate comprehensive medical and mental treatment for Badmus so that he can get back to normalcy and face squarely the task of fishing out his assailants and bringing them to justice

Vanguard had recently reported that Ayo Badmus was beaten black and blue by a group of hoodlums suspected to be political thugs at Oshodi area of Lagos.

The group was said to be working for the chairman of Oshodi Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Mr. Bolaji Ariyoh in a press release signed by Gbenga Fatoki, Special Assistant, Media to the Chairman denied the allegation stating that he had never had any interaction or altercation with Mr. Ayo Badmus, lest imagine any violent exchange and that he could not have ordered anybody to assault him.

The Chairman further described the attack on Ayo Badmus as dehumanising and avowed to end the reign of hooliganism and violence in the Council area
Read initial report: How Nollywood actor was attacked by thugs – Ayo Badmus

Below is the statement in part

PRESS RELEASE

“WHEN SILENCE IS NO LONGER GOLDEN”


Being the Official Response of the Chairman, Oshodi-isolo Local Government Area, Hon. Bolaji Ariyoh to the Accusation of Assault by Mr. Ayo Badmus

The attention of the Chairman, Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Administration, Hon. Bolaji Ariyoh has been drawn to reports in some news and social media on the allegations by an actor, Mr. Ayo Badmus that he was assaulted and violated by the Chairman on Sunday, 6th November, 2011 when our brothers and sisters in Islam were celebrating Sallah across the nation.

The Chairman deeply sympathises with Mr. Ayo Badmus and believes that no-one should subject fellow human beings to such level of crude brutalities and dehumanisation of another person’s personality and dignity.

Thus, Hon. Bolaji Ariyoh on behalf of the good people of Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area unambiguously condemns the attacks and infliction of bodily harm on the person of Mr. Ayo Badmus. This is even more disturbing happening just some few weeks after the inauguration of a new democratically constituted administration in the Council.

Hon. Bolaji Ariyoh wishes to employ this medium to re-assure all members of Oshodi-Isolo Local Government that he remains committed and focused on fulfilling his electoral promise of guarantying safety of lives and properties, and, putting a permanent end to the reign of hooliganism and violence in the Council area, indeed a more peaceful and prosperous Oshodi-Isolo is possible!

As a law-abiding citizen who passionately abhors violence and fervently believes in the rule of law, the Chairman pledges to fully support Mr. Ayo Badmus in his efforts to bring the culprits of the dastardly act to book.

He called on Badmus to report the assault to the security agencies to ensure that the full wrath of the law is brought upon the perpetrators of the assault. The Chairman advices that either criminal or civil processes can be invoked against those who assaulted, brutalised and injured Mr. Ayo Badmus for justice to be manifestly done and the heaven shall not fall.

However, for the purpose of setting the record straight, Hon Bolaji Ariyoh wishes to inform the general public and numerous well-wishers, who have made enquiries on this matter that there is no iota of truth in the report and it should be discountenanced.

According to the Chairman, “I have never had any interaction or altercation with Mr. Ayo Badmus, lest to imagine any violent exchange, I have never met or spoken to him nor could I have ordered anybody to assault him; for what purpose or intent would that be?

There must have been an unfortunate identity mix-up, even our reputed Nollywood buff and elder in Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area; Mr. Tunde Kelani can testify that I never had any encounter with Mr. Ayo Badmus or himself on last Sallah day”.

It is succinctly clear that since this report keeps spreading like a wild fire in Harmattan, silence can no longer be golden. Hon. Bolaji Ariyoh had always expressed his preference that as a humanitarian and leader who believes in the “total health” of his constituency, he takes pride in and care of the welfare and wellbeing of all members, residents and visitors in the Council area.

He expressed empathies that because of the nature of the bodily injury which Mr. Ayo Badmus ‘’suffered’’, it is possible for him to have suffered minor mental lapse that may have made him to wrongly identify his assailants. The Chairman promised to facilitate comprehensive medical and mental treatment for Mr. Badmus so that he can get back to normalcy and face squarely the task of fishing out his assailants and bringing them to justice.

Gbenga Fatoki
Special Assistant, Media to the
Chairman
Oshodi-Isolo LGA

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