Controversial Nigerian journalist, Dr. Kemi Olunloyo had an altercation with some Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives around the Badore area of Ajah, Lagos and it has caused a viral sensation on social media. Olunloyo has been in the news of recent for her strong but as yet unsubstantiated opinions on the ongoing D’Banj/Seyitan Babalola saga.
Taking to her Instagram page, the journalist shared a video capturing the moment she engaged in a heated exchange with the SARS operatives.
The journalist accused the SARS operatives, of harassing and trying to extort money from her artiste Wealth 9ja as she also slammed the unit for extorting and harassing Nigerians.
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Officer Kelechi taping me was the leader of the team. His beef was that I harassed him and lied that police ever EXTORTED @iamwealth9ja. He also demanded to search my bag saying I was hiding DRUGS! I told him he needed a search warrant cos I know my CIVIL RIGHTS 😠🇳🇬⚖️ #EndSARS #kemitalkslaw #kemitalkscrime
This isn’t Kemi Olunloyo’s first brush with the Nigerian police. Pastor David Ibiyeomie organized her arrest in October 2017 for alleged defamation and the social commentator was remanded in police custody without a proper conviction and sentencing for nearly 6 months before her release was secured. Condemned unanimously as an egregious misuse of power, Olunloyo has personal experience and real reason to be wary of the Nigerian police.
I said it yesterday that this is what happens when a goat attacks a lion. See humbling. Aunty Kemi is awesome. https://t.co/DmAMo4uSjw
— PapaKing 👑 (@lokut73) July 4, 2020
SARS dey ask Aunty Kemi "why do you want to arrest me" 😂😂😂
— Peace Of Mind 🇳🇬 (@simeontobi) July 4, 2020
Omg I just saw that aunty kemi video 🤣🤣🤣🤣 I swear that woman is dramatic asf 😂😂 like did you see the spin , Omo 🤣🤣
— ✨ololade dorling , ololade sweetie 💅🏾✨ 🦋 (@missjacklene) July 4, 2020
Many people applauded the journalist for always speaking up against harsh treatment on Nigerians by the police as they shared past encounters where the journalist has attacked the police for oppression.
There's nothing normal about what aunty Kemi is doing. Whenever I read her tweets this is exactly how I picture her tweeting, but no she's the number one investigative journalist to most of you on this app.
I am sha happy someone finally harassed Nigeria Police officers for us😂 https://t.co/DDENHW2Yr0
— Chongai Man ❁ (@JakesTudu) July 4, 2020
Others, however, shared their reservations about the journalist who always spark controversy in her investigations as they however, commended her for speaking against the authorities.
Here’s our finding that led to the altercation between Kemi Olunloyo and SARS…
The journalist accused the SARS operatives of harassing and trying to extort money from one of her artiste Wealth 9ja. According to her, they had just left the studio for a listening session and when they got in the car, an SARS operative pulled Wealth 9ja aside as they also visibly caused fear for another artist, Richkjtmusic, who is her son.
In a follow-up post she made on Instagram, the journalist claimed that Officer Kelechi who was taping her was the leader of the team. According to Dr. Kemi, his beef was that she ‘harassed’ him and lied that police extorted Wealth 9ja. She also shared that the SARS demanded to search her bag saying she was hiding drugs!
Can we place a footnote on the piece acknowledging the typo and saying it has been corrected. 👇👇👇
Update: A typographic which distorted the meaning of a pivotal sentence was brought to our attention. We have edited to ensure clarity and empathize for any inconvenience caused.
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