There is a new twist to the gunshot incident between singer, Burna Boy and some men at a club in Lagos.
The story going round was that the policemen attached to the singer shot two men during a fight at the Cubana club in Lagos. This incident provoked the situation where the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba called for the arrest of the five policemen that were at the scene on the day of the shooting.
In an interview with Street journal Magazine, Lawrence, a 27-year-old cyber security analyst and resident in the United States gave the details of how he was shot and other graphic pieces of evidence…
What happened on the day of the incident?
On the day of the incident which was Wednesday morning around 3 am, I went to the Cubana club with some of my friends. We were there for a couple of hours celebrating one of us that came back home for a wedding, we were about twenty at the club and we were having a nice time in the VIP section. We were laughing, drinking and having a good time.
Initially, Davido came in and sat directly opposite our table, he stayed for about 15 minutes and left, about 5 minutes later Burna Boy and his crew member came in. We were still there, having fun, most of us came from the United States and the UK so we’re just enjoying ourselves there.
As the night progressed, one of Burna Boy’s crew members walked to our table and came to talk to my friend’s wife. On that first attempt, she told him she wasn’t interested in talking to Burna Boy and that she is married to her husband there, his request was for Burna Boy to talk to her.
The crew member came again the second time and was met with the same response, he came the third time and that caused a few of our friends to flare up as they asked why he kept coming to disturb a married woman. There were words back and forth and one of Burna Boy’s crew attacked one of our friends, and as they attacked him the situation degenerated into a fight, it became a free for all.
As the first fight started the security at Cubana stepped in and were able to calm the situation, as that happened everybody was slowly going back to their section and I was trying to look for my pendant that fell during the fight, while doing that two of his crew members came and started pushing me, I pushed back and another fight started and the security at Cubana jumped in again, but at that time there was a fight all over the place. As you know the VIP at Cubana was in the middle, so the fight broke out from there and spread to the other parts of the club, there was fighting also outside.
As we were fighting that was when I heard the first shot inside the club, the person that shot was one of Burna Boy’s crew members and not the police. As I heard the first shot I smelled the gunpowder and I started running towards the exit, then I heard the second gunshot, then the crew members tried to attack me on my way out, as I was running I got hit by a bullet and I fell down, I was able to pull myself up and ran towards the exit, but one of them came to punch me in the face, you can see the scar here, but I was still able to evade them, there were still shots being fired, my friends were outside already and they were shooting outside as well. I can identify a few of those shooting through the pictures.
I realised I was shot and the bullet went through my inner thigh to the other thigh, as I was holding my thigh, three of their guys pounced on me, but luckily I was able to also evade them and then I saw one of my friends who had already ran into his car, I told him I was shot, he pulled me into the car and we were able to navigate through the confusion. My other friend told me that he was in the section and the bullet grazed him in the head and he escaped as well. One of our friends who went back to search for our missing items was badly beaten.
I was taken to the Naval hospital, luckily for us a police officer was following us, he was the one that told them I was shot at the club and that was how I was taken in, given first aid and blood and I later became stabilised.
How many of your friends were shot?
Two of us were hit. I and the guy was trying to talk to his wife, but there were sporadic gunshots.
The story was that the shots were fired by Burna Boy’s police escorts, did you see any policeman shooting at the club?
I didn’t see any policemen, when Burna Boy and his crew came in they didn’t come with any policemen because armed policemen were not allowed into the club.
Where was Burna Boy during the whole incident?
He was sitting down at the section, and after they started shooting he left and probably went to his car.
Since the incident, has he reached out to you?
Somebody from their team called my older brother to try and have a discussion. They’ve also reached out to different third parties. The person that was trying to talk to us called himself Simon.
There was a story which stated that Burna Boy was laughing during the fight?
Yes, he was sitting down laughing during the altercation. He was sitting down there because he was the one that asked them to call my friend’s wife and his boy made it very clear that he was the one that wanted to talk to her.
Can you identify the shooters?
Yes, I can identify about three of them. Two of them had dreadlocks. The bullet went through my left pocket, hit my phone and went through my inner thigh. I had surgeries where they removed pellets from different parts of my body, it was actually my private parts that were shot, but right now I think I’m about 90 per cent ok, though I still have some doctor’s appointments.
How did the police handle the matter?
We’ve had different reports. The police said they are still investigating. But the story that we were shot by the police wasn’t correct, we were shot by Burna Boy’s crew members. We also made it clear to the Commissioner of Police in Lagos and provided evidence and pictures.
Did you see any one of your attackers holding a gun?
Yes, I saw one of them bring out a gun during the fight.
Was it a pistol?
No, it was like a small shotgun
What do you want from this?
To be honest I want justice for the situation that happened to me and I also don’t want this to happen to anyone again. My wife also witnessed all the fights and ran under the car, she also came from the US and this was her first time here.