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Daddy Freeze knocks Lagos police spokesperson over dreads, tattoo

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By Ene Onoja

Popular figures in the Nigerian media space have shared their reservations concerning the submission of a police spokesperson who claimed that dreadlocks and tattoo are strange to the Nigerian culture.

The past days on social media has been buzzing with the news of the unfortunate death of a young Nigerian man identified as Kolade Johnson, who lost his life after he was reportedly shot by an officer of the anti-cultism police unit in Gbagada, while they were on a raid to pick up youths who were rocking dreadlocks and hairstyles.

Kolade death became worrisome for many Nigerians, which led many to beg the question as to why the officers were after people for the choice of what they were putting on or the type of hairstyle they had on in the first place.

According to reports by BBC News, a spokesperson for the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) identified as DSP Bala Elkana, in responding to the questions by a reporter, said that dreadlocks and tattoos are strange to the country’s culture.

Reacting to the policeman’s position, Cool FM OAP Daddy Freeze, shared a counter opinion on his Instagram page in which he noted that the statement reeked of “prejudice and stereotyping”.

Also reacting, Laura Ikeji begged the question if she was safe from the officers of the law because she also had tattoos.

Renowned Nigerian journalist, Kadaria Ahmed, while reacting noted that the statement was incorrect and disclosed that her grandmother had tattoos.

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Nigeria's media space is swamped with falsehood, deceit and delusion. Just a handful abides by the truth. TheNigerian is one of the unique platforms helping to shape the global narrative about Nigeria and her citizens across the world. It's quite costly to maintain this brand of journalism, however.

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