Who Are All These Fucking People???

On Friday night, I went out with some friends to Beer Barn, having just discovered this little night life gem.

It was a really nice night. The DJ played awesome music, we danced and sang like idiots. We had a great time.

Some time around 1am we decided to leave.

My friends suggested we go back to their house and play video games and I was up for it so we stopped by a nearby shawarma spot to pick up some grub before heading back.

Once we had the shawarma, we called the driver to bring the car round.

I have no idea what happened, but as the driver was bringing the car over, he crashed into a taxi. The entire back of the taxi folded like a pancake and the rear window shattered.

We ran over to see if anyone was hurt but thankfully, neither the taxi driver nor anyone else was hurt. His car was totalled though so we wanted to talk to the taxi guy to see what could be done about his taxi.

Before we could even say a word, a mob formed out of nowhere and surrounded us. I couldn’t believe that there were this many jobless people loitering on the street just randomly waiting to involve themselves in matters in which they had no business.

The angry mob started yelling at us and some people tried to grab us shouting “You are not leaving here! Where do you think you are going?”

I thought this was incredibly stupid considering that we had run to the scene of the accident in order to check on the condition of the taxi driver rather than away from it.

Obviously simple logic is completely beyond the grasp of some of these people.

With no way to extricate ourselves from that many people (the mob was at least fifty individuals strong) we barricaded ourselves inside the car and activated all the locks and security features.

Once inside the car, people started banging on the windows and shouting “Come out! Come out!” which of course, we had no intention of doing.

Next they started hitting and pushing the car, so much so that the car began to rock from side to side.

Note, this wasn’t a small car. It was a huge armoured Cadillac Escalade but it was rocking back and forth like a fucking pendulum because there were that many people pushing it and intent on getting to us somehow.

I kept thinking to myself sitting inside that car “How the fuck did this happen? I came to buy shawarma. How did I get from shawarma to this?”

All I could remember was those four students that were murdered by an angry mob in Aluu. I couldn’t help wondering if this was how everything was going to turn out.

I’m surprised at how calm I was because it was frightening as fuck.

The possibility of the mob breaking the glass, dragging us out of the car and assaulting us was very much at the fore of my mind.

I felt so ridiculously calm considering that I had made up my mind that if that happened and it looked like I was going to be raped and there was no hope of escape, I would commit suicide with my mech pencil.

I opened my bag and found my mechanical pencil and held it in my hands. I removed the lead and studied the tip. Narrow hollow metal. Sharp enough to puncture a blood vessel in my neck if it absolutely came to that.

I could see the bags of shawarma in the front of the car but outside the windows you couldn’t see shit for people.

There were so many angry people outside the car. I had no idea why they were angry. The only people that should have been involved were the people in Car 1 and the people in Car 2.

I’m pretty sure more than half of the people in that mob didn’t even own a car. I couldn’t even understand how they were involved in the situation in any way.

Luckily, my friend had mopol so he called them and asked them to meet us in front of Beer Barn. I don’t know whether it was the crowd or the noise they were making but we attracted the attention of the Police and next thing we knew we were surrounded by officers.

Immediately my fears switched from “I’m going to be raped and murdered by these horrible people” to “I’m going to get shot by the god damn police.”

The police men started loading magazines into their guns and yelled for everyone who wasn’t involved to get out of there.

Most of the crowd dispersed once they threatened to start shooting. Me, I was calculating how and where in the car I could cram myself in order not to get hit by stray bullets.

Two policemen climbed into the car and ordered us to drive away from Beer Barn and towards the petrol station on the other side of the road.

One of the police men looked shaken and said we needed to get out of there fast because the mob would come back and he didn’t know if they could hold them off.

We drove to the filling station and waited for the taxi guy. Meanwhile more police officers arrived and they parked a police car behind us and put the lights on.

Once we had stopped, the police and the taxi guy came out and an argument broke out. The taxi guy wanted us to buy him a new car, but my friends weren’t ready to agree to that. I just sat inside the car while all this raged outside examining my life and asking why the hell I was busy taking pictures during such a dicey situation.

The police said if we could come to an agreement with the taxi guy and settle everything they would let us go, otherwise we would all be under arrest and sleep in their cell that night. Everything just went from bad to worse. I know of at least three women who went to police stations and got raped in the police station. I started calling people to come get me and one of my friends who was already at home, in bed, and asleep had to wake up, get in her car and drive out to where we were. By this time it was 3am and we were still there with the police and the taxi guy.

My friend arrived but the police said no one was allowed to leave so I remained inside the car, determined to not come out under any circumstances.
Finally at 4am, the mopol arrived and the guys came to an agreement with the taxi guy. They agreed to fix his taxi and he demanded N100,000.
The guys told the police they’d have to go to the bank on Monday but the taxi guy and the police insisted we pay immediately or go to the station.
Finally, they sent one of the mopol to get money from the ATM.
The mopol came back with N90K and we paid the taxi guy and settled the police.
Once they said we were allowed to leave we got the hell out of there.
It was morning and we were just tired and fed up.
The night started out nicely but seriously what the fuck?
There’s a lot of shit that goes on in this country that bothers the hell out of me and this is a perfect example.
We were lucky to get out of there alive.
When shit gets real in Nigeria, it gets bad really really quickly.
If someone had managed to break the car’s windows or if we hadn’t been able to barricade the car, it would have been fucking bloody.
Lesson learned.
The moral of the story is that there are bloodthirsty jobless people lurking on almost every street in Nigeria and they can just form mobs for absolutely no fucking reason.
And it can happen to anybody.
Be careful everyone, seriously.

47 Comments

  • Reply October 22, 2012

    SNM

    Oh wow…
    Good thing no one got hurt.
    Really though, where did all the people come from?

    • Reply October 22, 2012

      sugabelly

      Our good fortune is that noone in the taxi was hurt or killed. I’m completely sure that if the taxi guy had been hurt or killed, they would have murdered us.

  • Reply October 22, 2012

    bumight

    Da actual fuck?
    Pardon my French, but I think a lot of Nigerians have a lot of misguided anger against the “perceived rich”. Always eager to administer “justice” even when it doesn’t concern them.
    That’s what I think happened to those poor 4 boys.
    Thank God you guys got out in one piece.

  • Reply October 22, 2012

    LadyNgo

    Wow wow wow. Thank God no one was hurt by the mob or from the accident. People are batshit crazy, i swear

  • Reply October 22, 2012

    mizchif

    *sigh* Welcome to Nigeria.
    Whenever my parents try to make a fuss about being out late, i tend to brush them off but things like this happen and i understand their fear and worry.
    Nigeria is a crazy place, people are poor and unhappy, and will target anyone who they feel is better off than they are.

    Thank God no one got hurt. Stay safe.

  • Reply October 22, 2012

    leggy

    oh wow, i’m glad you’re okay.

  • Reply October 22, 2012

    lovelife4sale

    Wow…. im soo worried about Nigeria, i dont think im comfortable going back to Nigeria, its such a lawless country that is spinning out of control. i just hope for a better future.

  • Reply October 22, 2012

    Ego Dag

    That is exactly what I thought too reading this!

    Sugabelly so glad you and your friends are alright! I can’t imagine the sort of anger that is growing in that country but do be careful.

  • Reply October 22, 2012

    Curious Kinks

    Good thing you’re ok. But that’s the thing about Nigeria, people get involved in each other’s life! Unlike some parts of the world where you have onlookers and the rich often ends up walking away scot free, which happens in countries like Nigeria so often. I’ll be scared to stay out past 10pm in Nigeria! Also, thanks for the pictures!
    curiouskinks.blogspot.com

  • Reply October 22, 2012

    NikkiSho

    Scary. Thank God you all got out of it safe

  • Reply October 23, 2012

    Toinlicious

    Oh wow!

  • Reply October 23, 2012

    Luciano

    bumight, thats so true.
    Thank God you guys are ok

  • Reply October 23, 2012

    DiDi

    Thats some Serious ish right there,glad you guys are okay..but why would the taxi guy demand a new car when it can be fixed and erm u said u settled the police too? for what? saving U? thats some Bull.. Hmm Nigeria..

    • Reply October 23, 2012

      sugabelly

      We obviously had to settle the police or they wouldn’t have let us go or they would have arrested us and dragged us back to their police station to harass.

  • Reply October 23, 2012

    yeva

    I kn totally relate to this
    Smething like this happened to me some weeks
    Like, a lot of nigerians are soo jobless and lawless, its amazing.
    Im happy u all got out safe sha..
    Shit happens.

  • Reply October 23, 2012

    Beautiful

    “The moral of the story is that there are bloodthirsty jobless people lurking on almost every street in Nigeria and they can just form mobs for absolutely no fucking reason”.

    My dear, the conclusion of this post is VERY TRUE.

    I remember one lovely sunday evening, after eating usual sunday rice, I had to go pick up laundry from the dry cleaner for my sister and I as per work clothes. After coaxing her to drive me down instead of taking a bike on that ajah road, she agreed.

    On our way back from the dry cleaner’s, towards ajah bustop, just 10 minutes from home, a trailer coming from the other side crossed the road to our side, my sister swerved and hit a bike man.

    Lord Lord Lord! people immediately appeared. The bike man was not injured but they refused to let us go. we just sat in the car and i began calling everyone; our parents and even our pastor sef it was that bad. Eventually some soldiers came to the scene, at this point I was already in tears. The soldiers collected all the cash my sister had on her (40k) then dispersed the crowd. That was how we were able to drive off.

    Note: the bike man WAS NOT HURT IN ANY WAY.

    “bloodthirsty jobless people” sums it all up. I tire for the country and i’m not sad that I no longer live at home at least for the immediate future.

  • Reply October 24, 2012

    Natural Nigerian

    Life is even more ephemeral in Nigeria. I have been in one of those situations as well. Driving around in Port Harcourt, 2 bike men hit each other in front of my car. Somehow, I was held responsible – primarily because I was driving a nice car. If I were a Taxi Driver, they would have ridden off.

    There is a lot of anger in Nigeria. Especially against people that seem to have a little bit of money. That you were in a Cadillac would have incensed them.

  • Reply October 24, 2012

    Real8

    And to say i left beer barn with my fiancé at 12.30 am on Friday. Thank God u’re safe. My the good Lord continue to protect his own. Nigeria is scary…it’s why I hate going out at night.

  • Reply October 24, 2012

    Afronuts

    This was really a shocking incident. In fact there must be an Aluu spirit lurking everywhere ready to go to work in a bunch of jobless miscreants.

    I just did a blog entry on this making reference to this incident that happened to you. I call it the Brainless Aluu-minded syndrome.

  • Reply October 24, 2012

    Sykik

    I am shaken and shocked by your experience. Thank God you weren’t hurt. There’s so much anger and hunger in the land, its freaking crazy.

    Please stay safe.

    • Reply October 27, 2012

      sugabelly

      I think this anger is highly misguided and directed towards anyone perceived to be “rich” – which apparently the only qualification for is driving a big shiny car – I am not a politician. I did not steal anybody’s money. All the money I have in my life, I worked for and earned. Every last bit of it.

      The only money I have that I did not work for, is money that friends and well-wishers have given me.

  • Reply October 24, 2012

    Fluffycutething

    You know Bumight is absolutely right with her summation!!!

    God help us.

    N.B- Did you say mopol arrived at 4am? I am going to assume you called them at about 2am(ish) considering you left beer barn at 1am…. (do u get me now?)

  • This happens all the time in Nigeria. That is how people go missing or die needlessly

    The only difference is you guys had (a) Phones & credit and (b) People you could call

    Lesson from The Story:
    If you are broke or without connections in Nigeria, your life has no value – literally

    • Reply October 27, 2012

      Madame Sting

      I totally agree with you NIL. My first thought after reading this was what of people without connection to Mopol or people who don’t have that kind of money sitting in the bank?

      Nigeria is turning into one scary place and it’s quite sad.

  • Reply October 24, 2012

    Adura Ojo (Naijalines)

    This story scares the S*** out of me!. So glad you’re ok, Girl! Don’t think I’ll be going anywhere near Nigeria soon. I pray that all our loved ones continue to be safe.

  • Reply October 24, 2012

    Daughter of Her King

    there is a lot of anger in Niaj….

    pls be safe.

  • Reply October 24, 2012

    Nutty J.

    I can’t understand this country again o

  • Reply October 24, 2012

    The Maad Hatter

    I’ve been in a very similar situation, i also had a Pen with me, but I wasn’t going to use it on myself… I was going to take at least one of the fuckers to hell with me! Beware of the psycho who roam the streets of Abj at night. Glad Y’all are alright.

  • Reply October 24, 2012

    Princessandthepea

    No the moral of this story is that if you create a corrupt society where the lives of the masses are so poverty stricken and hopeless that all they have is hatred and jealousy of the rich, then you can NEVER BE SAFE no matter how wealthy you are.

    You’ll always be a burning tyre away from a swift brutal death by a hate fuelled mob.

    The only viable alternative to solving social problems by reducing poverty and suffering, is to create a police state with a well paid and ruthless police force and harsh judiciary that sternly controls the masses and swiftly and visciously punishes all attacks on the elite. Rule by fear works really well. It’s how things were run in feudal Europe, India, China etc for a thousand years.

    If Nigeria’s elites don’t want to share the wealth fairly, they’ll end up having to create a medieval style feudal state in order to safely enjoy their stolen goodies.

    Oh I forgot, that already exists in parts of the muslim north. And it’s coming to a town near you courtesy of Boko haram, and their al-Quaeda sponsors. If you don’t beleive me, check out the recent takeover of northern Mali this month by a group of al-Quaeda sponsored muslim terrorists. The jihadists are definitely on the move in West Africa.

  • Reply October 25, 2012

    Chic Therapy

    This is some scary shit!!Are you kidding me???Nigeria is a lawless country.Thank goodness you all came out of it alive.What a bunch of lunatics!!!

  • Reply October 26, 2012

    L-VII

    I am sorry this happened to you..Buy hey, those stupid poor people eh? They always do this to each other.. But wait, you’re not poor? Aww damn, there goes your theory.

    I hope you’re feeling better now, that must have been quite a scary experience.

    • Reply October 27, 2012

      sugabelly

      L-VII, I’ve been recently homeless, unemployed, and with less than N10,000 as the sum total of all my bank accounts combined. I’m technically poor.

      Just because I went to nice schools, and have a lot of nice stuff doesn’t mean I can’t be poor.

      I’m glad I got out of it in one piece. I already explained to you on Twitter my thoughts about why violence amongst poor people doesn’t get them anywhere.

  • Reply October 26, 2012

    Anonymous

    In an answer to your headline question…..these fucking people are nigerians….one of whom you would have been …had u not been born with a silver spoon…these or those fucking people are the hungry ones who try to sell you yoghurt in the hot sun whilst u sit in your airconditioned cadillac…these fucking people are the ones who struggles on a
    daily basis to eat whilst u buy
    shawarma…which they only smell…sugabelly I could go on and on….but whats the frigging point….you only see yourself…

    those
    those fucking peol

    • Reply October 27, 2012

      sugabelly

      I’m sorry, I wasn’t aware that human beings were now capable of selecting which family they are born into. Silly me, next time I will take my time and choose my birth family very very well.

      All you Anonymouses that keep coming here and assuming I am rich. Maybe if you are keeping a secret bank account full of money that you are planning to give me, I don’t know.

      Poverty is NEVER an excuse to commit crimes. Are you trying to say that because these people sell me yoghurt in the hot sun or sell me shawarma that somehow it’s okay for them to assault, rape, and murder people?

      Let me get rid of all my possessions so I can be going on crime sprees na!

      Please explain to me how the fact that you are poor makes an accident between two cars THAT YOU DO NOT OWN or EVEN KNOW ANY OF THE OWNERS your business to the point that you appointed yourself the judge and the jury of the car drivers???

      Please explain it because I am really confused.

      Oh you think I only see myself? Is it because I left out the part about how when we were at the shawarma place, a man on a skateboard was begging for money and I gave him in spite of objections from my friends?

      Is it because I never get on my blog and start listing how I always give beggars money no matter who objects? Or how I always overpay taxi drivers on holidays like Sallah and Christmas?

      I don’t talk about these things because why the fuck does someone have to come out and start shouting about how charitable they are? If you want to be charitable you do it because you empathise with the plight of the people you are helping not so that you can come and announce to everyone on your blog what a good person you are.

      Please give me a fucking break. First of all, I am not rich, so your comment is highly misguided.

      Second, there is nothing wrong with being rich, so if I become rich tomorrow, your comment will still be misguided.

      Wealth is not a zero sum equation. All the rich people in Nigeria are not MAKING the poor people poor. They are also not PREVENTING the poor people from becoming rich.

      As can be seen from our society and human societies all over the world, random people become rich every day, and random people also lose their wealth and fortune and become poor every day so please.

      Fall back.

    • Reply October 28, 2012

      Princessandthepea

      You know what Sugabelly, I really like you and your blog, but this comment of yours shows that you’re desperately in need of an lesson in economics 101.

      I know they don’t teach you this in school, but poor people are poor in nigeria, because national wealth in the form of oil money has been stolen by corrupt politicians in the service of foreign oil companies.

      The billions of dollars that should have provided those ‘jobless losers’ in the street with a decent education, decent roads, continous electricity, functional public services and national industries providing decent jobs is sitting in swiss bank accounts or being shared out by western corporations to their shareholders.

      These people have been ripped off by the wealthy elites in Nigeria and they know it.
      Some third world countries such as Thailand and Malaysia with a fraction of the resources that Nigeria possesses have far less poverty.

      And some such as Korea and Singapore have even pulled themselves out of third world economic status into the first world over the past 2 or 3 decades. And China is well on the way to joining them.
      That’s what decent honest principled statesmen can do for a country.

      But Nigeria doesn’t seem to have any such people and it’s clear that middle class refusal to hold the corrupt elites to account is major reason.

      Does that give the poor the right to victimise each other or attack hard working middle class people who’ve struggled to gain an education and earn a decent living for themselves and their families. Clearly not, but it will continue to happen because human nature demands that people take out their frustrations on someone else where possible.

      So if middle class nigerians want to live in a stable safe functioning society, they will have to one day stop brown nosing the corrupt rich elites, fantasising about joining them in their corrupt wealthy club and demand justice and a fair share for all of society. Ordinary Nigerians deserve that every bit as much as ordinary Swedes, french, germans, Australians, Japanese or anyone else.

    • Reply October 28, 2012

      sugabelly

      @PrincessandthePea: I’m aware of that. However, when I said wealthy people are not making poor Nigerians poor, I was referring to normal Nigerians who have jobs that perhaps they worked their way up through the company, or perhaps they started their own businesses and have become wealthy via means of their own work.

      (i.e. I am referring to people who did not steal anybody’s money to become rich).

      Of course the people in our government who steal state funds and divert money meant for things like education and healthcare are contributing to and perpetuating poverty in Nigeria.

      I completely agree.

      However I disagree that it is only the duty of the middle class to protest the state of affairs we are in.

      If the lower classes can come out and burn “thieves” and claim they are protesting crime in their communities then they should equally condemn and attack politicians who come to their villages to share rice during election time instead of hailing them.

      These same poor downtrodden people that are being fucked over by these politicians are ALWAYS the first to collect and wear their cap and their t-shirt and run up and down in front of their motorcade for their rally and be hailing them like fools.

      They are also the ones who continue to vote for these same politicians just because they shared rice for them and gave them cap and t-shirt.

      I’m not discounting the power that ballot rigging and election fraud has to disenfranchise individual voters, but take the recently completed Ondo election for example and you will see that the power to choose the governor of Ondo state really WAS in the hands of the people and they chose the person they wanted.

      If I am a middle class Nigerian and I am fantasising about becoming wealthy and joining the wealthy club and living a jet set life, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that as long as my fantasies don’t include any kind of underhand, fraudulent, or unfair means of getting there.

      And as far as world economics go, you can’t have it both ways.

      On one hand you are saying that the reason our corrupt state of affairs persists is the failure of the Nigerian middle class to hold the corrupt elite to account.

      On the other hand, numerous economic and developmental reports keep on claiming that the middle class in Nigeria is ridiculously tiny (or some even go so far to deny its existence) and instead insist that Nigeria is starkly divided into Rich and Poor.

      If we’re not rich, then according to these reports, we’re all members of the Poor.

      Even many Nigerians in daily parlance parrot this nonsense of Nigeria has no middle class and most Nigerians are poor and live on a dollar a day.

      Which is it? If Nigeria has no middle class then how can it be the fault of the Nigerian middle class?

      If on the other hand Nigeria does has a large or significant middle class, then let’s ask ourselves, are the poor the only ones in Nigeria being cheated by our corrupt government or are we ALL being cheated?

      I think the answer is that ALL OF US are being cheated by our corrupt government since you cannot honestly say that the middle class, even the rich to a certain extent are insulated from the fallout of our non-functioning social infrastructure.

      So, when you say these people are being ripped off by the wealthy elites, I think we should be clear who and who does not fall into this group.

      Are you referring solely to politicians and government officials that divert funds and engage in corruption, or are you referring to anyone who is just wealthy?

      Because I can’t honestly lump the woman who struggles to start a fashion business, sticks with it for years and builds it up and is now finally a multi-millionaire in with greedy corrupt senators who should be making laws to benefit Nigerians yet spend all their time allocating land and allowances to themselves.

      Also as for the group who is being ripped off. We are ALL being ripped off.

  • Reply October 27, 2012

    sugabelly

    You hit the nail on the head when you said anger against the perceived rich. A lot of so-called rich people are just your average middle and upper-middle class Nigerians who are working honest jobs like everybody else. Funny enough, these people would never have the guts to mob a politician’s car with the convoy and the mopol and everything. They’re just preying on ordinary Nigerians who are almost defenseless.

  • Reply October 28, 2012

    sugabelly

    Crazy is an understatement. I still cannot understand how or why any of those people thought it was their business.

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    lucidlilith

    I am so glad you are okay. This is one scary story.

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    Kwale Kreates

    WOWWWWW!! That’s completely crazy!!! That could have been tragic in seconds!! Thank God you all got away okay.

    My own problem with this anger is the fact that it’s often misguided. If it was some big known man that did that they would hail him and dobale and accept N10K. If they are sooo angry about their situation why hasn’t their anger carried them to the houses or cars or property of the people that put them in that position? Don’t they know where they live. Same story with people saying boko haram was born from poverty…ok fine, how about you go blow up the elite that have abused and raped you all these years? That’s a cause people will rally behind.

    forgive me, i know violence is not the answer to anything but things like these just grate my nerves.

    Again, it’s great uall are okay.

    Wow!

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    haworrey

    Thats super crazy! WTH…
    So sorry!

  • Reply November 12, 2012

    Fuchsia

    Glad you guys came out of it. To me, these comments just demonstrate the frustration in Nigeria. However I think some people are actually going about their day looking to get offended. Please Sugabelly is OBVIOUSLY not saying that poor people are bad or whatever you are nit picking at. If that is what you took form this I wonder what your reaction would be to hearing a family member got attacked and killed by armed robbers. When people are raining curses on the robbers do you stand up and shout “They are the people selling Fanyogo outside while you were here in your air conditioned houses!”.

    So please lets just calm down and really try and understand people before we air our misguided thoughts. Because armed robbers are not typically rich.

    Having said that those who attacked Sugabelly and her friends are frustrated by life as other comment before mine have pointed out. That does not excuse them though. I think that has been covered extensively in other comments. It just baffled me how people are actually taking offence.

  • Reply December 28, 2012

    Anonymous

    When the poor have nothing to eat, they will eat the children of the rich…..

  • Reply February 7, 2013

    igbophilia

    “I’m pretty sure more than half of the people in that mob didn’t even own a car”

    And that, my friend, is why the mob formed. Plus you were in a flash car!

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Njide

    I think if your car was attacked and you are in danger of getting mobbed, it would be justified to drive away by force even if it means driving over logs of people. You can claim self defense.

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