With the increase in celebrity fights lately in the Nigerian entertainment industry, it is high time and a thing of necessity for the Nigerian Police to establish a division that will strictly handle misunderstandings between celebrities. If not for the police, who stepped in to salvage the fracas between Wizkid and Linda Ikeji, the battle would have still been on till now. Who knows what may have happened by now.
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According to Dolapo Badmos, the P.R.O of the Lagos State Police Command, Wizkid’s threat was criminal in nature, but they were able to resolve their misunderstanding through an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). This pattern of settlement should be adapted in the entertainment industry to cut-short media and physical fights between the following categories off people – Celebrity and Celebrity, Celebrity and fan, Celebrity and media, Celebrity and record label.
With the Nigerian police actively involved, there will be little or no beefs henceforth, as any one trying to roar wrongly would be reprimanded. It is believed that when a higher authority steps into a clash, peace is inevitable. That was even seen in play this January, when Africa’s most richest man, Aliko Dangote, intervened in the fight between Olamide and Don Jazzy.
This scheme is highly achievable, more now that Mavin’s fortune, Korede Bello, has been inaugurated Youth ambassador for the Police Force in Nigeria – the first ever. Korede can stand as the Celebrity Beef Corresponding Officer, CBCO, of the Celebrity Division, to make sure that beef between entertainers, celebrities and singers is reduced to the nearest minimum, before it leads to unforeseen death of a celebrity.
The entertainment industry deserves as much attention from the Nigerian Police Force as any other sector does, if not more, due to the nature of the profession that encourages so much competition which most times trigger jealousy and quarrels. While the Mavin star covers the music aspect, Moji Olaiya the actress, who was also inaugurated, can focus on Nollywood.
Aside their major duties which are to ensure peace, fight against crime and molestation, beef settlement should be enlisted as well, to keep these police ambassadors busy while enjoying the benefits of such a title. Before now, there had been no relationship between Nigerian Police and Nigerian entertainment but with this case of Linda and Wizkid coupled with Korede’s endorsement, it is evident that these two sectors need to work together to achieve ultimate peace in the country.