The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) has vowed to sanction Augustine Kelechi, best known as Tekno, and use him as a scapegoat to teach other music artistes a lesson.
The Director General of NCAC, Mr Runsewe, commended the police for arresting Tekno for the indecent video and expressed his disappointment at the music star, who was granted bail on health grounds, for going on to release the controversial nude video.
“No single person is bigger than Nigeria. We are going to use him as a scapegoat to send a strong signal that this government does not tolerate nonsense and immorality, but discipline, which is our moral principle," Mr. Runsewe declared.
You will recall that a four-minute video of the music star and four semi-nude women dancing on a stripper pole in a transparent outdoor display truck recently emerged on the internet. The display truck, which was driven around the toll gate plaza on Lekki-Epe Expressway at night, caused a major uproar on social media.
It was later discovered that the video was for his new song, "Agege", which was set to be Tekno's first single since over a year of his battle with illness.
Watch the video below.
Mr Runsewe added that Section 134 (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State (2015) stipulates that an indecent act in a public place makes parties engaging in the act liable to imprisonment for two years.
“Section136, however, states that any person, who committed any act of gross indecency with another person in public, committed an offence and is liable upon conviction to three years imprisonment,” he said.
The director-general further warned that security agencies would be directed to place Tekno on watch list, adding that his conduct is a threat to national security.
“Now that he has released the shameful video, when investigation is still ongoing, we are going to inform security agencies to place him on their watch list.
“Because his action is a threat to national security and bad influence on Nigerian youth,” he stated.
The advertising agency, which owned the display truck used in shooting the video, has been suspended by the Lagos State Signage and Advertising Agency until the completion of its investigations.