AFROBEAT sensation Augustine Kelechi popularly known as Tekno Miles has debunked claims that he intentionally engaged in recording an advertisement with semi-nude ladies in Lagos pointing out that what happened was that the truck broke down.
Over the weekend, the Lagos State Signage & Advertisement Agency (Lasaa) reacted to a viral video on social media in which Tekno was seen with semi-nude women dancing in an outdoor mobile advertising truck. Causing a sensation, the footage was captured around the Lekki/Ikoyi Toll Gate on Saturday.
Lasaa managing director Mobolaji Sanusi, said that while the agency is working on ascertaining the status of the truck with a Lagos State number plate, no outdoor mobile advert truck is licensed to display such crass immorality. He added that the Lagos State government under the leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwoolu, has zero tolerance for any slightest attempt by anyone, under any guise, to debase the moral fabric of the state.
However, Lawal Tijani, the producer of Tekno’s latest music video, said to be part of a scene from the unreleased CD titled Agege, featuring musician, Zlatan Ibile, has explained the incident, apologising to Nigerians. He said what happened was that the van which the production company was using developed a fault, hence the decision to convey everyone in a display truck.
Mr Tijani said: “My people, I want to clear the air about a video that has been circulating on various platforms showing some ladies dancing in a truck around the Lekki area. Contrary to the speculations that have been circulating, we were shooting some scenes in an indoor location in a transparent truck in Lekki 1 for one of Tekno’s new songs.
“This had nothing to do with advertisement of any sort. As part of the concept of the music video, we had a night scene in a truck and the truck was to move to the next location in Victoria Island, Lagos, at about 12 midnight but our production van was faulty, so we had to convey our artist and models in the transparent truck.
“We apologise for whatever inconveniences we may have caused. We tried to take all caution in ensuring that the shoot was done professionally and our movement was made at midnight.”
He said the advertising firm, Pro-Vision Media Systems, had nothing to do with the production of the video. Nigerian actress, Belinda Effah is among the stars who have attacked Tekno on her Instagram page saying the video is immoral and unacceptable.