Phones being stolen at Indian Lagos festival as event begins on rowdy note

“Shame on you, if you steal someone’s phone. If you refuse to return the missing Samsung phone, you’re a thief”.

That was Dan Foster, a renowned radio presenter and one of the masters of ceremony’s announcement at exactly 3.45pm to the crowd waiting to be entertained.

Findings indicate that mobile phones were being stolen at the event.

Some guests have been attacked by urchins who collected their valuables particularly mobile phones, our correspondent says.

“The organizers should have beefed up security here. Where would I get money to buy another phone,” one of the victims, who identified herself as Tolu, told PREMIUM TIMES .

“Everybody, please keep your properties safe. Phones are being stolen” Mr. Foster concluded.

The Festival of India Lagos is underway at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.

It began on a rowdy note as guests, who coughed out N7000 to buy the VIP tickets, were tossed around and eventually shut out of the special sitting area. In the rain.

The few, who were allowed in, mainly Indians, were seated in the rain as there is no shade to cover the guests.

Some of the guests told PREMIUM TIMES they hadn’t the slightest idea that was going to be the case. The prepared ones however came with umbrellas.

Tickets sold indicate there should be siting spaces for such guests. But at the time of filing this report, that had been the case.

“We are very sorry. It’s normal. You know this is the first time we are organizing this” a male organizer of the event who refused to say his name told PREMIUM TIMES when asked why the guests, even those who bought VIP tickets were being shabbily treated after paying that much.

“I can’t imagine I will sit in this rain to watch the performances should they eventually have mercy to allow us sit down there,” Bisi Ogunlowo, a guest with the VIP ticket lamented.

Disappointed, she said the organizers should get their acts right should they ever organize such events in future.

“They should have done their feasibility studies properly, putting the weather and all into consideration while planning this,” a banker with one of Nigeria’s new generation bank added.

“Even if the rain stops drizzling, they actually expect us to sit in the hot sun? I just hope it doesn’t rain in the evening, if not, I will hate myself for wasting N7000 for this” Mayowa Lucas, a University of Lagos student, said.

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