Omoni Oboli, Nollywood actress/director, has called on Lagos state governor, Akinwumi Ambode, to save filmmakers from street urchins, commonly known as ‘Area Boys’.

In an impassioned Instagram post, the producer of Okafor’s Law says shooting movies in Lagos is a “difficult experience”.

The mother of three exclaimed that she’s “totally fed up” and also shared a video of her crew members in a heated argument with some ‘Area Boys’.

Omoni's set in disarray
Omoni’s set in disarray

Oboli said a member of her crew was stabbed by one of the urchins despite “settling different factions everyday”.

The actress wrote: “I’ve been settling area boys everyday yet they still fight us. The other day, they broke a bottle to stab my crew and seized my van key.

“You have to settle different factions. I’m a tax paying citizen of Lagos State. As filmmakers, we pay taxes even on a loss. Na beg we dey beg o @akinwunmiambode help us. We are fed up! So many people are getting paid on this set.

A scuffle in progress
A scuffle in progress

“We are bringing commerce and boosting the economy. I’m on my knees. Pls help!! My money is not for area boys! They think it’s their birthright! It’s indeed very sad.

“I should be able to shoot in peace. Why can’t I work on peace in Lagos? I’m not shooting right now cos they won’t let me. I’ve sent someone to call military personnel before they kill us.”

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