Lagos - The Artist village located inside the National Arts Theatre has been destroyed by the federal government.
According to eye witnesses, the director general of the National Arts Theatre, Kabiru Yusuf, on January 23, led bulldozers and policemen to the artist village located inside the National Arts Theatre to demolish the artist village.
The government’s position is that the Village had become a hive for illegal and illicit activities, and allegation the artists made up of dancers, visual artists and actors have disputed and claim the government has less than pure motives for their actions including possible commercial use of the space versus the current free art space.
Eyewitnesses reported that the DG in company of a battalion of fully armed policemen, including the DPO came to the artists village with bulldozers at about 5am on Saturday and started demolishing workshops and structures that housed veteran actors, painters, sculptors, drums etc. without prior notice of demolition.
The eye witnesses also accuse the DG of ordering that anyone pleading or reacting to the destruction should be shot, and presently some of the artists who sustained gunshot wounds are receiving treatment in the hospital.
- News 24