By Ogbonna Amadi,Â Entertainment editor
Na me be the Egberi Papa 1 of Bayelsa, any where I dey, people they scamper
Chorus;Â Timaya don blow o,
Timaya don kpolongo
BAYELSA State- born militant singer, Timaya, had a roughÂ taste of love turned sour portion when he was manhandled, handcuffed and subsequently detained by the Festac police for conducting himself in a manner likely to breach public peace.
The show of shame ,which happened last Sunday at an Alakija Lagos-based church, Praise Resurrection Ministries aka Jehovah Sharp Sharp church, disrupted the service, leaving several members of the house of God bruised.
In what an eye witness account described as a reflection of the lyrics of one of his hit songs, Timaya in company of some of his goons, arrived the Church without notice and sauntered into the Thanksgiving service being held in honour of a newly wedded couple named Bridget and Nerho
On arrival, he was allegedly given a seat by one of the church ushers. But he insisted he wanted a place in the front row where (according to our source) he would be positioned to listen to the Pastor and his sermon.
But when the usher stood his ground, he calmly sat without betraying any emotion of what he planned to do.
On his entry, his ex lover, Empress Njamah who was said to have become alarmed quickly stood up from where she sat and made her way to the front row area where some elders of the Church sat.
According to our source, she had expressed her fear to one of the ushers about the danger ofÂ Timaya coming to Church saying she was certain he was there to make trouble.
And true to her prediction, Timaya who had seen her move decided it was time to make his own move. It was at this point that he drew the attention of one the ushers insisting he also wanted a place at the front area. But his move was thwarted by the usher who at this point sensed there was something wrong.
As the usher stood his ground, Timaya lost control and began to shout at the top of his voice and to the chagrin of the worshippers, â€œI want to retrieve the key of my car which Empress took away from my house.â€
When the usher insisted he waited until Church service was over, he became unruly and uncontrollable. At a point he was said to have lifted one of the plastic chairs in the Church and tried to attack Empress. This move was however contained by some of the male church worshipers.
â€œAs the struggle and show of shame continued, Timaya, who at this point was shouting at the top of his voice, was rough handled and bundled out of the Church arena.
As the burly musician resisted every attempt to reason with the Church officials, a concerned naval top brass who also worships at the Church, invited his men from the nearby naval barracks and Timaya was subsequently handcuffed and handed over to men of the Festac Police formation. He was detained briefly and later released after pledging to be of good behaviour and on self recognition.
But in a new twistÂ to the church fracas, some explained to this writer that there is more to the story than what the couple exhibited in church.
â€œThe true story, according to our source is that Empress had drawn the anger of the musician on the ground of unfaithfulness.
â€œTimaya heard Empress was getting married to another man in the said Church and thatâ€™s why he stormed the church to disrupt the phantom wedding. Unknown to Timaya, the much talked about wedding took place on Saturday and it was between one of Empress best friends and her long-standing boyfriend.
â€œWhat you saw happen in church was a clear exhibition of a man in love and jealous of losing his loved one. I think what both lovers should do is to involve family members who would help them thrash all their differences, â€our source opined.
Empress, who confirmed the story to one of our reporters, however maintained a sealed lip.
The police, she told us, had advised that sheÂ says nothing to the press. We could not however reach Timaya as his phone was switched off.
Police spokes man, Mr. Frank Mba, a Police Superintendent who confirmed our story said, â€œFollowing the incidence, Timaya has written a petition to us, saying that Empress amongst other allegations, had not only squandered an undisclosed sum of his money given to her to hold in trust, she had also gone beyond his back to remove the said vehicle from his house and without his permission.