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‘Do Not Screw With The Nigerian Police.’ – says Charles Novia amidst reports of Tiwa Savage’s arrest

PicturesThe news that singer Tiwa Savage was arrested has been making the rounds. The songstress was reportedly was arrested in front of Eko Hotels, Victoria Island Lagos, for angrily removing the cap from a policeman’s head. Reports have it that she violated a traffic law, and when the policeman stopped her, she forcefully removed the officer’s cap and threw it away in annoyance.

Following this news, reactions have been pouring in from fellow celebrities. And controversial film producer, Charles Novia, had quite a lot to say concerning the incident. Read after the cut.

“Sometimes a celebrity assumes a self-imposed larger-than-life image and believes he or she is above the law or above reproach. If the reports of Tiwa Savage’s arrest are factual, with the a report by Thenetng suggesting that they are, then a ‘bringing down to earth’ psychological regimen is needed for the newly-wedded singer. One major fact to note by celebrities and other citizens, DO NOT SCREW WITH THE NIGERIAN POLICE. No matter how much you hold them in disdain or think they are inept, those guys operate within the ambits of the law or laws which they can conjure to empower their case. If you have ever ‘visited’ a typical Police Station in Naija to settle or aid a case, you will know what I am saying.

“In fairness to the Police, they are quite friendly and accommodating when celebrities are involved, and treat artistes with respect more than other citizens, but that should not be taken for granted by the artistes in any way.

“There is what I term ‘a galloping stumble’ in the career of artistes which comes full circle most times. An artiste attains dizzying heights in his or her career within a time capsule of promise, possibilities and potential. Fame, endorsements, adulations and unbelievable stardom follow one after the other or even simultaneously for a hitherto backwater act. Having achieved such within a short and unsolicited for career, the artiste finds himself or herself on a fast lane. On that lane, all caution is thrown to the wind and a breakneck speed is allowed by the artiste on that lane. But more-often-than-not, there would be a stumble along the way; a big pothole to rein excesses. For the smart ones, they slow down. For the others who believe they are delirious gods on earth, they go faster. Most times, doom beckons. A career doom or even a fatal one.

“What if Tiwa had encountered one of those trigger-happy policemen who, without thinking, could have fired off a shot at her? Has she and her handlers thought about that? It is all well for her husband to wave it off as a joke as he did in the report by Thenetng. But if indeed it isn’t a publicity stunt (and I don’t think it is), then this is where her brand handling should be put under a microscope. Personally, I love Tiwa’s music and admire her seeming humility, having been opportune to speak with her and her then-manager a year ago on a proposed project then. I think she must be commended for blazing a trail in a male-dominated music industry and making a huge success out of it too. And it is because I like her and believe she still has a lot to offer to our entertainment sector that I wrote this.

“Let’s just say I hope this little advice fills the potholes on her lane. Or maybe it should serve to erect a speed breaker.”

Charles Novia’s word is enough for the wise. 🙂

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  1. nik

     /  February 21, 2014

    Can’t this guy just shut up nd stop seeking for notice? Must he always have something long to say? Mtchew

    • Haahahahahahaa!!! He’s the voice of the society nau. He needs to speak out against societal ills. If he doesn’t take care of us, who will?

    • anyibaba

       /  February 21, 2014

      *sigh* Oh Charles, defender of the weak, protector of the innocent, this incident happened tey tey and quite frankly its not a serious fender Bender or a speed bump. Focus of Tontoz, she needs your intervention more

    • Chuks

       /  February 21, 2014

      As in. Seriously. Who appointed him voice of the people? He can like to shut up and go back to earning a living doing what-exactly I do not know…or possess an innate capacity to care.

  2. Yemie

     /  February 21, 2014

    Seriously, Tiwa? Who does that??? And what the heck were you thinking??? What nerves!!! You remove a cop’s cap cos you’re what abi who again??? Please remind me again! She really needs that ‘bringing down to Earth’ pschological regimen. Novia couldn’t have said it better. And she’s pretty lucky too that the cop’s not the trigger happy type. What’s with all these so-called celebrities sef? Na so Reese Witherspoon sef do sometime ago. Dem don turn themselves to demigods. I’m really disappointed in her. That arrest should straighten her out good, just the wake up call she needs out of her reverie. Psst!

    • anyibaba

       /  February 21, 2014

      Resse was drunk at the time so her reasoning was impaired

      • Yemie

         /  February 21, 2014

        Jeez! Thanks Anyi for the heads up, you just jolted my memory. LOL!

      • anyibaba

         /  February 21, 2014

        You’re welcome. Resse is a darling, don’t hang that mistake on her. Same way Tiwa is a darling. You’re also a darling, you can relate to one small mistake made

      • Yemie

         /  February 21, 2014

        Oh yes, I very well can, darling Anyi. Thanks a bunch. Dunno how you do it, but you always, ALWAYS come through for me everytime. A lifesaver thou art! Lol!

      • A bunch of darlings it seems we all are up in here.

      • anyibaba

         /  February 21, 2014

        Biko easy ooooo. My wife is here too

      • *stifling laughter*

  3. Marthy

     /  February 21, 2014

    This is the kind of people that mess up BIIIIIG when they do. The guy should just shut the hell up. We see what you’re doing: corny PR. Stop it already, it just started annoying some of us.


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