Abiodun Alabi, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, has ordered that a party host, the Erelu Okin of Kemta Kingdom, Pearl Chidinma Ogbolu, be detained for sharing petrol as a memento at an event centre in the state.
CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, stated in a statement on Saturday that the CP has ordered that all individuals engaged in the incident be caught.
“The Lagos State Police Command’s attention has been attracted to a video going viral on social media in which certain persons and event organisers were seen giving away some kegs containing PMS (petrol) as souvenirs,” the statement stated.
“It’s sad that, despite a number of warnings and sensitizations issued by the Police and other relevant government authorities, some people may be handling such a flammable product in a public location with complete disdain for the safety of lives and property.”
“Again, the Lagos State Police Command, concerned about the safety and security of people’ lives and property, calls to citizens to refrain from such heinous acts in the name of charity.”
“While the event centre where the souvenir distribution took place has been found and sealed, the Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi, fdc, mnim, has also ordered the arrest of all those engaged in this unfortunate and repulsive conduct.”
The organiser, on the other hand, has apologised for giving out gasoline as a keepsake at her installation celebration.
This came after a reaction from Nigerians over a viral video in which kegs of fuel were shared during the event with placards reading “Erelu Okin Foundation Installation Party.”
“I want to utilise this medium to apologise for the temporarily indiscretion of bringing gasoline souvenirs into the hall,” she said on Instagram. My intention was just to express gratitude to my guests for attending my event during these trying times.
“I took a moment to contemplate and sincerely apologise.” I appreciate everyone’s patience and constructive critique.”
A viral video from the occasion showed a stack of 10-litre kegs filled with gasoline that had been stacked for guests who had come to celebrate with her.
“There is no question that this activity is harmful and can lead to the loss of life and property,” Gbenga Omotoso, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, stated in response to the video. It goes against all safety precautions in such settings.”
Following an investigation into a video showing kegs of gasoline being given out as souvenirs at a ceremony on the grounds, the state administration shut down the event centre, Havillah.