By Grace Edema
Some students of the Lagos State University, Ojo, have blamed cultists also known as ‘Ojo boys’ for the disruption of the Poco Lee Homecoming concert on Thursday evening in Lagos.
The students also alleged that the cultists came into the campus with pistols and other arms.
Pascal Odinaka, a dancer and an alumnus of LASU popularly called Poco Lee, hosted a ‘Homecoming’ concert at the LASU Main Auditorium, Ojo Campus, on Thursday.
Another alumnus, Bella Shmurda, a popular singer was also billed to perform at the show.
A student who gave his name simply as Seye, explained that the first fracas started when the organisers sold excess tickets for a limited space, saying fans who bought VIP, VVIP seats had a challenge gaining entry into the hall which was already overcrowded at 12 noon.
Investigation revealed that a regular ticket was sold for N2,000, VIP was sold for N5,000 and VVIP was sold for N10k.
Seye narrated, “The Poco Lee concert organisers sold tickets for the event but it was overcrowded, for instance, the capacity of the hall is 3000 but they sold tickets for 5,000 students. Persons who paid for VIP, VVIP, couldn’t get seats because the hall was already filled up and several people loitered outside. That led to some fights outside, they were like they can’t stay outside when they paid for VIP, VVIP seats.”
Another student who does not want her name mentioned revealed that the cultists showed up when Bella was about to perform and insisted that he would not be allowed to perform.
“There is always trouble whenever Bella comes to school. cultist will come to disrupt whatever he wanted to do.
“When Bella was about to perform the cultists said no way. And we saw live arms, pistols, knives, and other harmful items and we all ran for our dear lives. The event triggered a lot of atrocities on campus yesterday.
“People started smoking, we saw shisha, kolos, and things you can’t see before on our campus, they were smoking Igbo (Indian hemp). You can’t enter LASU with palms slippers but yesterday all manners of people and atrocities were committed.”
Our correspondent got in touch with LASU Public Relations Officer, Mrs Oluwayemisi Thomas-Onasile for the institution’s reaction, however, as of press time, she has yet to respond.