Tiwa Savage‘s husband, Tunji ‘T-Billz’ Balogun is again in the news, but this time it’s not about the couple’s highly celebrated wedding, but about T-Billz having attacked a photo-journalist.
For allegedly taking pictures against his will, the 323 Entertainment boss snatched the camera in front of several witnesses and crashed it in on the floor. Reportedly the lens and other accessories in the camera were damaged.
The incident, which happened last Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Façade Thai Restaurant, Bishop Aboyade Cole, Victoria Island, Lagos raised a few eyebrows as the photographer and some guests challenged and condemned T-Bill’s actions, while querying the photographer for shooting without permission.
According to the eyewitnesses, T-billz who was at the venue the birthday of musician Sound Sultan “angrily attacked the photo-journalist, snatching his camera and breaking it for taking pictures of him”.
The photo-journalist Victor Obot also known as Elejo, when contacted, denied directing the camera at T-billz. He commented,
“The camera was directed at another guest who was sitting next to him, and then all of a sudden, he snatched my camera from me and smashed it.”
One of the sources told journalists that former Kennis Music artiste, Azadus was infuriated by the incident and was forced to confront one of T-Billz’s boys who threatened to beat up Elejo.
Commenting on the situation to the newsmen Azadus said,
“From what I gathered, T-Billz had warned Elejo (photo-journalist) not to take snapshots of him. Much later, I saw T-Billz grabbing the camera from him and then the camera fell on the floor in the process.
Although I do not endorse T-Billz’s action, but I think the Elejo should have respected his wish and not try to take snap shots of him”
However, T-Billz, when asked to respond by telephone, denied destroying the camera.
“It is not true. You can go ahead and cook up whatever story you like. It is not going to shake me in anyway,” and then he angrily hung up.
Sound Sultan refused to give any comments in relation to this story.
Multiple sources confirm that the photographer and T-Billz actually have a long-standing working relationship.
“Elejo has done several jobs for Tiwa and T-Billz. As a matter of fact, he goes to their house at 1004 Flats in Victoria Island to meet up with them sometimes, so he is not a stranger to T-Billz,” said a source.
Elejo confirmed the once cordial relationship saying “For the jobs I did for him months ago, he is still owing me the sum of N150,000 and so I do not understand why he is being hostile to me.”
It will be recalled that for some reason, at T-Billz’s recently held wedding to Tiwa Savage, photographers and recording devices were barred from the main hall.
A guest at the wedding even got his phone smashed by security for trying to take a snap shot of the groom.