It was a tale of confusion and breach of privacy over the weekend as very private pictures of top celebrities and business moguls were carted away by unknown assailants on Saturday April 2, 2016 at The Ark event center, opposite Vantage Hotel, Marwa Lekki, Lagos as celebrity photojournalist, and Photo Editor, Daily Times (Life & Time) Quadri Olowolagba got robbed.
Olowolagba had attended the 70th birthday event of Alhaji Yekini Olawale Bakare, who is the Baba Adini, Eti-Osa Central Mosque and parked his red Sienna SUV on the premises of The Ark event center as he went into the hall to survey the venue before the start of event but, returned later to get his photography equipments, only to find that all the items in the vehicle had disappeared.
But to his greatest surprise, none of the car windows or the screens was broken and the doors were still locked. Insiders alleged that the criminals might have used a master key to open the car door.
According to what Olowolagba told omonaijablog, “There were 2 large backpacks, one belonging to an undergraduate of Kogi State University and an intern with Daily Times, Adeleke Rotimi Olorunmaye, who also came with the photo editor to the event.
The editor’s backpack contains not only personal vital documents, but items running into millions of Naira such as; 2 external hard drives containing all his jobs for celebrities including Fathia Balogun, Foluke Daramola, Mercy Aigbe, Kwam 1, singer L. A. X and many top socialites; a HP laptop, a professional Nikon camera and a Canon D7 camera belonging to Nollywood actress Foluke Daramola.
Some of the top socialite’s photos in the hard drive include business mogul, Chief Rasak Okoya, the chairman of Sifax Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman of LAMEX Group Of Companies, Olanrewaju Akanni, Otunba Rotimi Ajanaku, Mayor Akinpelu’s daughter’s wedding and many more.”
The Nikon camera was what the photojournalist used for a recent viral home photoshoot for Fathia Balogun and many celebrities.
The other backpack contains the school I. T logbook and other vital school documents of the student attached to the photo journalist. Aside the two backpack missing, a handbag belonging to a female colleague who came to the event with Quadri, containing the lady’s mobile phone, travel documents and undisclosed amount of cash were all stolen.
The case have been reported at the Maroko police station, The DPO Maroko said he has invited all the owner of the event center around his territory to have a meeting with them but they refused to honour his invitation.