Falz has described going close to death at the hands of armed bandits years ago. In a recent interview, the musician described how he and his managers avoided certain death in 2013.
In a conversation with Gbemi O, Falz and his managers, Sidney Sule and Femisoro Ajayi, related how they were ambushed by armed guys. The three said that they traveled to Abuja as a result of Falz’s invitation to perform at a wedding. Falz claimed that “turban-tying, AK47-wielding, dangerous-looking men” shot at them on the highway on their way back.
He claimed that their driver had died and that the car was traveling into the forest. The rapper claimed that after hearing the police sirens, the armed robbers finally withdrew into the forest. Speaking about the incident, he said,
“It was after NYSC and this was me working in my dad’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 pm. 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. We started to hear sirens from far away. The police did not come near. At this point, they increased fire and started shooting. They later moved away from us and 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.”
10 years ago, Falz and his team survived a near-death experience.
One they will never forget as they have scars to show for those. pic.twitter.com/GyjTwtIzkb
— 🐬 @𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗷𝗼𝗯𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗯𝗼𝘆 (@OneJoblessBoy) November 20, 2023