Burna Boy Gets Back In Trouble With The Law – He seems Unbothered
Although popular artiste and self-acclaimed African giant, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy is known for his exceptional musical prowess, he is also known for his penchant for stirring up controversies.
The 30-year-old artiste has been in the news in recent times. In November 2017, he was invited by the Lagos State Police Command over an alleged robbery investigation.
And just recently he was entangled in a shooting incident. There were reports that policemen attached to the singer shot two fun seekers, Irebami Lawrence and another identified simply as Tolu, at the Club Cubana, on Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, swiftly directed the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Abiodun Alabi, to investigate the shooting by the personnel.
The Lagos State Police Commissioner’s Special Squad had since arrested the five police officers attached to the singer.
According to a preliminary report by the Bar Beach Police Division in Lagos State, trouble started around 4 a.m. when the Grammy Award winner and five police escorts visited Club Cubana on Victoria Island.
The police report stated that about four policemen waited outside while one of the officers, identified as Inspector Ibrahim, who was in mufti, accompanied the singer into the club.
According to multiple witness statements, the singer was in the VIP section with three women when he spotted another woman.
One of the witnesses claimed that Burna Boy told Ibrahim to invite the woman to join him.
However, the lady’s husband was said to have rebuked Burna Boy, insisting that it was disrespectful for any man to make advances at his wife.
After some minutes, Burna Boy reportedly made advances towards the woman again. This provoked the woman’s husband and friends, who had gathered at the club, and the matter soon escalated.
“As things were getting heated, Ibrahim brought out his service pistol and shot multiple times while Burna Boy was laughing,” said a senior policeman.
In the process, 27-year-old Irebami was shot in the thigh, while his friend, Tolu, was hit in the head by a bullet.
Irebami was rushed to Naval Medical Center, where he battled for his life. The victim’s family has subsequently demanded for justice on his behalf.
Burna Boy reportedly fled the country shortly after the incident, leaving his team and police escorts to their fate. During the week, he shared a photo of himself performing on stage at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain on his Instagram page.
In another post, Burna wrote: Portugal, meaning that he has left Spain for the southern European country. He also hinted at his forthcoming album, saying: “18 days to Love, Damini! Where and with whom will you listen to the album when it drops?”
Many of the singer’s fans were displeased by his actions. But reacting, Burna Boy, in a terse response said, “Nigerian Social media can say BURNA BOY started Boko haram, e no go shock me.”
Burna Boy keeps courting controversy by his comments and actions; many of his fans have advised that he needs to tread softly, and most importantly, make conscious efforts not to soil his reputation.