Fun returns to National Theatre after invasion by hoodlums

National Arts Theatre, Lagos
National Arts Theatre, Lagos

Some fun seekers thronged the National National Theatre for Boxing Day fun in Lagos on Saturday.

Some hoodlums had on Christmas day punctured the carnival-like atmosphere when they invaded the premises and dispossessed fun seekers of their valuables.

Policemen at the theatre later apprehended some suspected hoodlums at about 6.p.m., when the premises had been completely deserted by scared fun seekers.

NAN reports that the theatre was once again a beehive of activities on Saturday, as fun seekers thronged the premises.

Many families were seen sitting on the lawns, eating and taking photographs, while others were seen trying to get tickets to watch movies.

The whole atmosphere was filled with music blaring from loud speakers and fun seekers danced to different tunes.

Some children were seen enjoying horse rides while others were seen playing with toys.

The venue bustled with activities as kiosk owners made brisk businesses selling beverages and peppered soups.

Adewale Rasaq, a fun seeker, told NAN it was a ritual for him and his family members to visit the theatre on boxing days.

“I love the atmosphere. I enjoy the peace of the environment. I am catching my fun, I think I love everything here,’’ he said.

Mr. Rasaq said he learnt of the invasion by hoodlums on Friday, but said he knew the situation would have been brought under control by the time he would be visiting.

Another fun seeker, Mulikat Adesokan, said the theatre was an escape place from all the hustling and bustling of the city and that a visit to the place was always worth it.

She, however, urged the government to increase police presence around the theatre, saying activities of criminals were becoming a problem to the tourist centre.

“Those hoodlums are trying to spoil this place with their criminal activities. The government should try and increase police presence in this area’’, she said.

Hamzat Yusuf, a horse owner, said he made a good amount of money taking children on horse rides and allowing his horse to take photographs with visitors.

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He, however, said business was better last year, blaming the problem on the downturn in the economy.

“I charge N200 per horse ride and if you want to take a photograph with my horse, I charge N100. Business has been good, but last year was better. I think it is because of the problem in the economy’’, he said.
Tomi Abiodun, one of the children who patronised Mr. Yusuf, said it was the first time he would see a live horse.

He said he had fun riding a stallion and playing with other children and that he would ask his parents to bring him to the theatre in 2016.



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