Fuel Scarcity: Lagos govt seals event centre over use of petrol as souvenirs

Oredola Adeola

Lagos State government has sealed Havila Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos for hosting a party during which litres of premium motor spirit, called Petrol, in jerry cans were given out to guests as souvenirs, as seen in a viral video.

EnergyDay gathered that kegs mostly blue and white were distributed to guests by Pearl Chidinma Ogbolu, during her installation as Erelu Okin of Orile Kemta.

Abiodun Alabi, Lagos Commissioner of Police, has directed the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and Lagos State Safety Commission to the venue of the event where two officials of the centre were later arrested.

Earlier, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, Lagos Commissioner for Information and Strategy, in a statement condemning the act, said there was no doubt that the action was dangerous and could lead to loss of lives and property, and it was against all safety measures in such places.

According to him, the Lagos State Government, through the Safety Commission, is investigating the matter and will ensure that all parties to the reprehensible action are made to account for it.

“The safety of lives and property of Lagosians and visitors remain a top priority to government.

“We, therefore, advise that actions that can lead to loss of lives and property be avoided,’’ Omotoso stated.

Meanwhile the organiser of the party, Ms Ogbolu has in a statement released via an Instagram post, shortly after the outrage by Nigerians condemning her decision, apologised for sharing fuel as a souvenir at her installation ceremony. 

She said, “I want to use this medium to apologise for the momentarily indiscretion of bringing fuel Souvenirs into the hall.

“My intent was just to show appreciation to my guests for turning up at my event at these hard times.
“I have paused to reflect and truly apologise and I thank you all for your understanding and criticisms,” Ms Ogbolu.

This hilarious development is happening as the ongoing nationwide fuel scarcity enters the fourth week unabated.