TRUE STORY: Fashola Saves Naked Man, Gives Him N100k

Governor Babatunde Fashola of
Lagos State recently rescued a
22-year old vulcanizer, Akin
Abayomi, who was found stark
naked at Tafawa Balewa Square,
TBS, Marina, Lagos, southwest
Nigeria, around 12 midnight.
Akin Abayomi
Abayomi was found naked in the
middle of the road when the
governor was driving by with his
convoy and thinking he was a
mad man, Fashola ordered his
security aides to pick him up for
The man was taken to the State
House, Marina where he was
housed for the night before the
governor sent for the Special
Adviser on Youth and Social
Development, Dr. Dolapo Badru
to rehabilitate him.
Abayomi confessed that he was
not a mad man, but that he
stripped himself in the middle of
the night on the road because he
wanted to curse the person who
stole his cell phone and his
He said he visited a herbalist in
his quest for revenge against the
person who stole his cell phone
and money and was instructed to
carry out the act in order to
curse his enemy, which was why
he was naked in the middle of
the night.
According to Badru, the man said
he was never mad and that he
was an apprentice and that his
phone and money were stolen by
“After I picked him up from the
State House, he said he was not a
mad man, but says he drinks and
smokes marijuana and that he is
an apprentice in a vulcanizing
He said he bought a phone and
that somebody stole the phone.
After we investigated for two
weeks to know his family, we
realised that the Society of St.
Vincent de Paul, an arm of the
Holy Cross Cathedral, is also
interested in rehabilitating him,”
he explained.
Badru disclosed that the governor
released N100,000 to Abayomi
to start up his own vulcanizing
business as well as bought him a
phone and asked the church to
monitor his progress.
He said the governor has really
changed his life, saying that if
Fashola had not picked him up,
he would not have completed his
apprenticeship training to
become a successful vulcaniser.


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