Falz recounts near-death experience in the hands of ‘Boko Haram’
Nigerian musician Folarin Falana known in the industry as Falz, has revealed that he was almost killed by some thugs during Boko Haram era in 2013.
According to him, he was returning from a wedding ceremony which he performed in the nation’s capital city, Abuja, in the said year when he was attacked.
Falz stated that he was with his managers, Femisoro Ajayi and Sidney Sule, in the car when some dangerous-looking men shot at the car for the driver to lose his life on the spot.
He noted that the men who attacked them were “turban-tying, AK47-wielding,” and it was during the peak days of Boko Haram in the country.
He made this known during a popular Nigerian show, Untapped.
Narrating his ordeal, he said it was after NYSC, when he was working in his father’s firm as a lawyer in 2013.
“Then we got a call to come to Abuja for a show. The payment was N1 million, and logistics will be taken care of. It was a wedding, so we took the trip.”
“There was no flight from Abuja to Lagos. So we hired a car from Abuja to Benin. I led a solid prayer, and it was probably what ended up saving us.”
“It was broad daylight, and we started the trip around 2 p.m. We fell asleep during the trip.”
“Then we just heard a loud bang. We woke up to see these turban-tying, AK47-wielding, dangerous-looking men in the middle of the expressway.”
“The bang we heard was a gunshot they had shot at the car. They shot at our car again, and the bullet came flying in between everyone. Everything happened so fast.”
“They shot at us again, and the bullet hit the driver in the eye. The driver died instantly. The car started moving. It was wild. I remember seeing the car heading for a ditch and just thinking, this is it.”
“Then we passed out. I was the first to come around. I got out of the car and saw one of the men asking, ‘Where is the money?’ I told him there was no money. He goes to the car looking for cash.”
“We had left Abuja, but we hadn’t gotten to Lokoja. It was all forest. It was the peak of Boko Haram, and we were somewhere in the north,” he narrated.
He said he and his comrades started to hear police sirens from far away so the thugs increased fire and as the sounds of the police sirens were drawing closer the armed men retreated.
“We tried to stop cars on the expressway, but not a single soul stopped. A police guy eventually came, and another guy said he was a doctor,” he said.
Falz said after the incident, he feared his parents would allow him to pursue his music career.