Rapper Odumodublvck and authorities of Lagos State University (LASU) have denied allegations that the homecoming concert organised by dancer Pocolee at the Ojo campus of the university was disrupted and the artiste was allegedly attacked by cult members.
Social media had been agog since Thursday, when the concert in which Odumodublvck alongside Zlatan Ibile, Bella Shurmda, Mohbad, and other artistes performed, with videos and reports that the artistes left the venue hurriedly to avoid getting wounded.
But the rapper, in a tweet on Friday, said he and the other performers left the venue not because of any fight but to avoid the too much fawning of the fans who were demanding many photography from the artistes.
“Internet is a mad place. We no run from fight o. na too much hailings and pictures we dey run from. Abeg naso dem dey run from a fight? with swag kai. internetttttt sweet o #OSAPALONDON,” he tweeted.
LASU, on its part, issued a press statement refuting the attack on the event by cult members, claiming the incident was being sensationalized on social media.
Oluwayemisi Thomas-Onashile, Coordinator, Centre for Information and Public Relations of LASU, in the statement dismissed the claims of physical attacks on the artistes or students by cultists.
“For the records, we wish to debunk claims of physical attacks on either the artists who came to perform or students by cultists being spread about. We state unequivocally that at no point was Bella Shmurda or Polo Lee or any other artiste attacked. Bella himself has validated this on his social media channels.
“While there were indeed pockets of squabbles among revellers as to be expected in such a show, reports of a fight break out or cult clashes are nothing but fallacies.
“We also wish to state for the records that the uproar that greeted the event towards its tail end was caused largely by reactions of excited students at having one of their own perform live for them on their campus. This is coupled with the issue of crowd control resulting from poor logistics and planning by the organisers, an independent entertainment outfit.
“From credible reports, the organisers of the show had sold tickets online with instructions for the attendees to obtain their tickets physically at the venue of the show. However, the crowd of students at the venue was beyond the provision of tickets made by the organisers leaving the men of the LASU security team to swiftly act to manage the situation with the support of men from other security agencies who had been invited before the show.
“Furthermore, even though the crowd was well controlled, the sighting of some of their own who have become celebrities did cause excitement from the students resulting in rowdiness.
“Seeing that some criminal elements were going to take advantage of the situation to perpetuate their evil intentions, the Security Team swiftly brought the show to an abrupt end and disperse the crowd around 5:30 pm. Indeed, the event ended with no single record of cult attacks as being purported.
“The General Public is therefore urged to be wary of the falsehood being orchestrated against the name of the University at this time when the institution is being celebrated nationally and internationally over her recent exploits.
“LASU has zero tolerance for cultism, which is evident in the fact that there have been zero reports of incidents of cult activities in the University for several years now.
“We thank all those who have expressed concerns over the incident and assure that the security of lives and properties of our students and staff will continue to be paramount to the management of the University,” the statement said.