Nigerian Entertainer Brutalised By South African Police Narrates Ordeal
Former BBA star Tayo Faniran, a resident of South Africa who was beaten to stupor by hate-filled South African policemen on Thursday has come out to appreciate those who rallied around him.
He was driving out on Thursday when a police van suddenly pulled over beside his car and the officer inside it ordered him to enter the security vehicle.
But the dark-complexioned actor and social commentator refused to do so, insisting that he would not enter an unmarked vehicle, especially because he had not committed any offence.
After more police officers arrived at the scene, Faniran was forcefully bundled away by the law enforcement officers, who later beat him mercilessly without any concrete reason.
Following a video of the incident posted on the Internet, reactions have continued to pour in with stars like Funke Akindele, Uti Nwachukwu, Do2dtun and several others condemning the attack on Faniran.
In a post on Instagram, Akindele expressed fears for Nigerians in South Africa, calling on God to protect her compatriots in that country.
“I’m so sorry Tayo, please come home. I’m so worried for Nigerians there. In all, the Lord will direct our steps and provide for all our needs.
“We all looking for a means of livelihood and I pray we shall not encounter sudden death. God be with us all.”
Thanking everyone for their support, Faniran, who said he would not press charges, urged Africans to speak for what is right and be bold to challenge those trying to oppress them.
“I just want to thank God for my life. I want to thank everybody that stood up for me. I really appreciate everything.
“In Africa, we are still enslaved; it is a problem that affects almost every African.
“I woke up on Friday feeling pains all over my body. The beating was too much, the bitterness and hatred were real. They put two handcuffs on someone who is not a criminal. The policemen didn’t take me through the counter, they took me through the back (door) to continue the beating.
“I am not interested in pressing charges, at this point, I just want to thank God for my life.”