The Lagos State Police Command says it has commenced an investigation into a viral video of semi-nude women dancing seductively in a display truck around the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge in Lagos.
The footage, which has gone viral on the social media, showed semi-nude ladies dancing seductively with singer, Tekno, in a transparent display van in traffic around the bridge on Friday.
The footage, which was said to be a scene from Tekno’s unreleased video titled ‘Agege’, in which he featured Zlatan Ibile, had the musician dancing with the semi-clad women and spraying them money and hitting them on the buttocks, an act which many Nigerians described as obscene.
They also called for the prosecution of all those involved.
However, Tekno, who debunked the claim that he was dancing with semi-clad ladies on his official Instagram account on Sunday, stated that the van was used to convey his crew to a location for a shoot.
He said, “I will like to clear the air about the situation of videos going around of girls in a truck dancing around Lekki or Victoria Island.
“First of all, there was no reason for us to be dancing in a truck around Lekki. There was no music and no ventilation in the truck. We were shooting a music video and we had a shortage of vehicles to convey people to the next location, because some of the cars broke down in between the shoot. We divided ourselves into various vehicles because we had been shooting all day and having fun, and we then moved to the next location.
“However, this was about 12am. This was no form of an advert for a strip club or dancing naked on the streets for any type of reason. In addition, we respect the decency of Lagos and as much as we are entertainers, we are always mindful of what we have and don’t jeopardise it. That’s why we enjoy shooting our videos in Lagos as we all know that it’s the centre of excellence and also the centre of entertainment.
“We sincerely apologise if some people saw this and felt offended by the scenery they saw, it was never intended.”
Speaking with our correspondent on Sunday, the Lagos State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department had launched an investigation into the incident.
He stated, “The SCID has been directed to investigate the matter and it has commenced an investigation into this, because it is not acceptable and it is against the law of the land.
“There are laid down procedures for advertisement and the government agency responsible has reacted to that; also, it is against our criminal code and if after investigation those involved are found guilty, they will be charged to court.”
The Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency faulted the claim of an advertising firm, Pro-Vision Media Systems Limited, that it had sold the truck used in conveying the semi-nude ladies.
The Lagos State Government has since suspended the advertising firm, but in a swift reaction, Pro-Vision Media Systems Limited claimed that it sold the vehicle to a third party.
However, on Sunday, LASAA faulted the claim and said it was not aware that the truck had been sold.
Speaking with our correspondent, the Public Relations Officers of the agency, Temitope Akande, stated that the firm needed to prove to it that the van had been sold.
He said, “The burden of proof is on Pro-Vision to present to us today (Monday) evidence of the alleged sale of the truck. In terms of the indecent exposure, Tekno will explain that to the appropriate authorities and they will deal with him on that.
“Ours is that an advertising van was used for the display. The suspension of the firm stands pending the outcome of the investigation and part of the investigation is for the firm to show proof that it has sold the truck and it is not in any way connected to what happened.”