Policemen in Lagos State arrested popular singer, Praiz, for traffic rule violation. He was later released. The policemen, who walked the singer to the Area J commander’s office, Ajah, Lagos State, initially didn’t know that it was Praiz they had arrested.
It was when they got to the commander’s office and after a few questions that the police realised they were dealing with a popular musician. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Chike Oti, said it happened on December 19, at noon.
He said: “Policemen attached to Area ‘J’ Command Headquarters, Ajah, Lagos, who were on routine anti-crime patrol on Lekki-Epe Expressway, noticed a car on top speed approaching their end.
The policemen sensed that the speed was much and so were alarmed, hence they flagged down the car to check occupants, and if necessary search the trunk of the car.
“When the car stopped, the officers who were in their uniforms approached the driver but to their shock, the driver, who was yet to be addressed by the policemen became hysterical without provocation and started shouting ‘SARS, SARS, SARS ooo.’”
Oti added that as Praiz was shouting and pouring unprintable invectives on the officers of the law, he was at the same time filming them.
He said: “These unprovoked actions on the part of the driver whose true identity at that time was unknown to the patrol men, made them even more suspicious of him and so they requested him to come with them to see the Area Commander, ACP Felix Oben, whom they had already called to report the conduct of the man.
“It was at the Area Commander’s office that they got to know that he is a musician that goes by the name Praiz. The Area Commander questioned him and advised him to be of good behaviour. He thereafter departed the police station peacefully without any molestation whatsoever.”