Nigerian comedian and musical artiste, Moye Idowu, popularly known as Maleke narrowly escaped being lynched to death on Wednesday after cracking a joke against the Delta state Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa at the 2016 Ika Carnival in Agbor, headquarters of Ika South LGA of the state.
A Police officer who spoke to SaharaReporters, said
“After thrilling the crowd first with some musical dance steps at the 2016 Ika Carnival, Maleke began to crack some very expensive and mocking jokes on the state governor using some harsh words on Okowa”
“After a time some thugs working with the governor, who is from Ika, made several attempts to stop Maleke but he continued. At this stage their tempers started to rise,” he said, adding that the thugs, after reinforcing by making calls to other members of their gangs, climbed up to the stage and gripped the comedian by the shirt.
Apparently showing no fear, Maleke continued with his performance, and perhaps out of annoyance, he shouted, “Okowa is an idiot! Okowa is an idiot!”
At that point, the Police source said, his boss, CSP Akintude Oyeniran, the Divisional Police Officer of the Agbor police station, along with some of his colleagues, rushed to the stage and whisked Maleke away.
In his words, “Maleke was so lucky. If not for the swift intervention of my boss and some of my colleagues, Maleke would have been beaten to a state of coma. By now he would have been hospitalized because those thugs were armed with some dangerous weapons and you know their brother is the governor of the state as such they can do anything and go free.”
CSP Akintude Oyeniran confirmed the story saying that his swift intervention saved the life of the comedian. “Yes, I saved his life just as you heard the story.”