Famous Nigerian filmmaker, Biodun Stephen has lamented over an incident involving her film production crew and some hooligan in Lagos.
Biodun explained the incident in a video shared on Instagram, in which she added that one of her crew members was almost stabbed by the “area boys” in Lagos.
The movie director said they were extorted by some area boys after their car broke down on the road.
While remembering the incident, Biodun called on the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the chairman of Lagos State branch of National Union of Road Transport Workers, MC Oluomo to intervene and put a stop to the constant intimidation. She said:
“I want to speak to our governor, I don’t know if it is something that is within his jurisdiction. I want to appeal to honourable Musilu MC Oluomo. These area boys are becoming a problem, If your car breaks down they just came out of nowhere. Today we went to shoot and the bus broke down. The moment the bus broke down, there were area boys from different places, why did the bus break down, this is their area, we parted with the first five thousand.
“We pushed the vehicle to a filling station, and the filling station manager collected three thousand naira, they said we could no longer park the vehicle there, that he just took us to where we can park and look for a mechanic but the mechanic could not fix the vehicle so we were forced to push it out.
“When we pushed it out some boys showed up saying that they gave Fadeyi boys money, they are Shmolou boys, and they nearly stabbed one of my crew members.”
While explaining the situation, the filmmaker who could no longer hold back her emotions, flared up and called on the government to intervene on the matter.
Captioning the video, Biodun Stephen wrote:
“As of now; we have parted with 22k to area boys just because our bus broke down. If we standby watching, na we all go suffer am. I’m calling on the government to please deliver us from Area Boys!!!!! I am BEGGING.”