A laundry bus used by a laundry service company has been found by the police after being taken by musician Daniel Anidugbe, aka Kizz Daniel.
For allegedly damaging his clothes while providing services to him in Lagos State, the singer had seized the laundry service's delivery bus.
Punch claims that when Kizz Daniel recently received his clothing from the supplier, he found some of it to be damaged.
After making the discovery, the artist allegedly called the laundry company's management and requested that someone come pick up some of his dirty clothes.
Punch learned from the call that a driver had been assigned by the business management to drive a delivery bus to the singer's home and pick up the dirty clothes.
Things, however, took another turn when the driver got to Kizz Daniel’s residence and was prevented from leaving the premises.
A source said the artist did not present any dirty clothes for pick up, adding that he made the call to lure the driver to his residence in a bid to seize the vehicle.
The source said, “Kizz Daniel usually gives his clothes to a dry cleaner; so, he called the dry cleaner to come visit his house to pick up some of his dirty clothes." When the dry cleaner’s driver got to his house, he (Kizz Daniel) locked him inside the compound.
“He said he wouldn’t allow them to take the vehicle because some of his clothes that the laundry company recently delivered had been damaged."
Apparently, the call he made to the dry cleaner was not to pick up his dirty clothes; it was for him to seize the company’s vehicle because of the claim that the dry cleaner damaged his clothes.
"Kizz" Daniel said if the laundry company does not pay him N14m, he won’t release the vehicle. The driver pleaded with him but he instructed the driver to leave his house. So, while returning to the office, the driver visited the Ilasan Police Station to make a report.
“Policemen at the station visited his house, recovered the vehicle from the station and officially wrote to him to visit the station for questioning for committing an offence bordering on illegal seizure.”
When contacted, a representative of the laundry company, who gave her name as Glory because she was not authorised to speak on the matter, directed our correspondent to the manager of the firm.
Asked for a number to call, Glory said, “I have to confirm it with him first because he is not around.”
When Punch asked if the issue between the company and Kizz Daniel had been resolved, she said, “Not yet.”
Glory had yet to send the manager’s number as of the time this report was filed.
Punch gathered that the police, upon retrieving the vehicle from Kizz Daniel, released it to the laundry company as an investigation into the case was ongoing.
A representative of Kizz Daniel, who identified himself only as Emmanuel, promised to send the number of a spokesperson to comment on the matter.
He had yet to do so as of the time this report was filed.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident, adding that Kizz Daniel took the law into his own hands.
He said, “He unlawfully seized a laundry company’s vehicle." The police went there, recovered the vehicle, and invited him over to make a statement as to what happened. We are still expecting him, but his lawyer said he would come on Tuesday.
“It is criminal to seize people’s property against their will, and the proper thing is prosecution." Nobody should take the law into their own hands by seizing anybody’s property. If you are aggrieved or somebody has offended you, seek appropriate redress.
If it is a criminal matter, go to the police; if it is a civil matter, you can sue the person or seek alternative dispute resolution instead of taking the law into your own hands. It could lead to a breakdown of law and order. "