Shortly after the success of the recently held event tagged, The Ibadan Concert with Mayorkun, which featured artistes like Davido and Perruzzi, there were rumours that the show recorded some form of violence probably due to the massive turn out at the event.However, the production team in a chat with Punch denied knowledge of any violent outburst or attacks.
They said, “That the Mayorkun’s Concert, which was widely acclaimed by attendees as the best music concert to be held in the city of Ibadan was very well managed with experienced security officials in place, despite the over 13,000 people in attendance. So, we will like to disassociate ourselves from news going round of violence against some persons as no such thing happened at the event. It was a free and fair event.
“While trying to encourage safe sex among youths, the organizers, with the support of relevant organizations distributed packs of condoms freely for reproductive and family health awareness which is typical of events of this magnitude. These were seen littering the event ground afterwards.”
Contrary to the online reports making rounds that people were maltreated by security officials especially journalists, the organisers were quick to refute such claims stating, ” Adequate securities were made for all media houses and journalists with access tags at the event, and no violence was experienced by any journalist or pressman at the event.
The ‘all access’ tags were given only to authorized journalists and photographers. This is part of the security procedures that were put in place to prevent unauthorized access by impostors. Although there were false reports by some blogs that alleged that a reporter was manhandled by security operatives. The reporter who was allegedly drunk attempted to forcibly gain entrance into the artistes’ green room without authorized access and was prevented by security operatives. The report by the aggrieved reporter is a calculated attempt to bring the event into disrepute. This isolated event is not representative of the concert event which otherwise was very peaceful and violence free.