Lagos socialite, Pretty Mike who was earlier arrested by the police has been released from custody.
The 30-year-old nightclub owner, whose real name is Mike Eze-Nwalie Nwogu was arrested on orders of the Lagos State Government for “dehumanizing young girls by turning them into human puppies with chains round their necks”. The socialite had been photographed at different social events, accompanied by masked young women with dog chains around their neck and a leash he held as he led them around.
The pictures went viral on the internet and caused outrage from many quarters with people calling on government to act fast to put a rein on such type of bizarre anti-social behavior.
He was released by the police after signing an undertaking to desist from the act.
According to reports, he tried to justify his action by claiming it was merely for entertainment and a woman empowerment strategy which was misunderstood by many.
The undertaking read in part:
“I, Mike Eze Nwalie, A.K.A Pretty Mike of 21A Magodo GRA, Luma Street, do hereby undertake to stop whatever act of putting girls on a leash or any other degrading treatment to ladies and guys. I am aware that such act offends the law of the State of Lagos and if I repeat it again, there will be legal act towards me. I undertake to issue a letter of apology to the public effective from tomorrow on all my social media platforms.”
The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem speaking on the matter, said the State Government frowns at all acts that are anti-social and will not hesitate to act when such is displayed.
Kazeem restated the government’s determination to prosecute any individual or group of persons who violate any law of the State under any guise.
“The Lagos State Government is committed to the protection of the rights of all citizens including children, women and all the vulnerable persons in the State,” He said.