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…it was a cheap blackmail, intending to take advantage of me
The House of Representatives member-elect, Ado Odo Otta Federal Constituency, Hon Tunji Akinosi has debunked the alleged trending video that his car was involved in an accident by knocking down a hawker.
Hon Akinosi Rather described it as a cheap blackmail intended to take advantage of him, building public sentiments.
He said the video was done in a bad taste and also an attempt to smear his personality.
He explained that, “The first thing that should ordinarily come to our mind is that we are all Nigerians, and more importantly, a lawmaker-elect, hence should protect and defend the citizens before any other thing. I cannot oppress any citizen, rather protect such from any oppression.”
The member of Federal House of Representative Elect recounted his ordeal in a statement made available to infolitenews, “there was traffic along the Onikan axis due to the May Day celebration, and in an attempt to get out of it, the hawkers were everywhere and along the hustling, one of them ran into my car side mirror and damaged it, immediately my driver stopped to pick the remains, the hawker fell on the floor claiming he had a broken leg, sensing the damage and expenses involved.
“Before you know what was going on, some individuals surrounded my car banging on the owner’s side asking me to come down dat I had hit and wounded a hawker, but I answered them that my driver was already attending to the matter.
“When the matter was becoming rowdy, I opted for two options, first was that, we will all first move to the police station to lodge a formal complaints and from there, to the General Hospital, Onikan, ready to pay all the bills if he is discovered to have a fractured leg and secondly, if he is not diagnosed of such, he will buy the complete set of my car side mirror.
“On hearing my options, the hawker jumped up begging me to allow him continue with his hawking, saying it was those people that asked him to pretend he had a fractured leg.
“The question is, as a lawmaker-elect, are we not entitled to some rights too or does it derobe us of being a Nigerian?. ”
Hon Akinosi advised the public to always be kind, gentle and reasonable in their action to any incident, rather than creating a mob environment that is likely to cause mayhem.