The Lagos State Government on Wednesday described Nigeria’s filmmaker and member of Director’s Guild of Nigeria(DGN)Mr. Obi Emelonye as a security threat to the state, adding that he remains in custody of the state and that he is being investigated.
Emelonye was arrested Monday with his film crew from United Kingdom, while shooting an aerial photograph with remote helicopters, otherwise called drones fitted with special camera in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos. Sources told our reporter that the photographs shot are currently in the custody of the state government.
Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Remi Ibirogba said there is no where in the world where things are done without protocol.
“There is always a protocol in operation. You don’t go to Benin Republic and begin to shoot, you don’t come to my house to want to do anything without taking permission from me.
“There must be a way for anybody that wants to enter this press centre. Lagos is a state that is interested in telling the world about what is happening here. Our social pages are active and we are very open and for god’s sake. If you come here and you want to do anything there is a law you must follow. No matter how good your intention is, if you enter anywhere without permission you will be challenged.
“That man entered LTV premises with too white men,, they attempted to start taking shots of the whole of LTV 8, they lunched drones and tomorrow, if anything happens you are the one that will start saying that there is no security in Nigeria. You will say, are there people in that LTV, is there government in Lagos and your guess will be as good as mine. If the people we put there could be beaten to that without raising alarm, then anybody can come to LTV and seize power tomorrow.
“We are not saying that anybody cannot come here and do whatever is lawful, but for God’s sake let us know what you are doing; we will give you escort, we will give you the assistant that you require. A lot of people have been coming to do legitimate things like that.
“They will come to us with or without letter and after being sure of what they want to do, we allow them but for God’s sake in a state like Lagos that is governed by law, you don’t come here and do anything, this is not a banana republic and anything that must happen in Lagos must be according to the law.
“We as a state welcome everybody, where you come from does not matter. We have said it times without number. What has brought you from were you are coming from does not matter, but once you step on our soil and you decide to live very well here and we must protect you, therefore, you must obey the law. If that man had come and sought permission, we would have given him, everything he requires to do whatever he is doing. If his intention is genuine, why should he do that under cover. If anybody does that tomorrow, we will arrest him, we will prosecute him because, we are guided by law in Lagos State”, Ibirogba said.