Nigerian singer, Daniel Benson, professionally known as BNXN, has retracted a tweet where he admitted to spitting on a police officer.
On Wednesday, a video that went viral on Twitter featured the singer in an altercation with members of the Nigerian Police Force in Lagos
In now-deleted tweets also shared on Wednesday, BNXN, formerly known as Buju, revealed that he had indeed been in a squabble with the police, which led to him spitting on an officer.
“Spat in a police officer’s face and it felt so good. I let you in my car and you dragged and tear my shirt, and start slapping me? (Sic) Nah, everybody must stop!” he wrote.
The Finesse crooner has however made a U-turn, stating that the expression “spat in a police officer’s face” was “idiomatic”.
Daniel tweeted on Thursday that he only stood his ground against the physical assault meted against him by policemen, who according to him, “have now been brought to book.”
“My since deleted tweet stating that I spat in a police officers face was an idiomatic expression to say I disrespected a police officer to his face and not the literal way people may have taken it on social media,” he tweeted.
“I do not support violence or abuse against the police in any form. Yesterday I was in a life-threatening situation which caused me to lash out due to the physical assault on me by some policemen who have now been brought to book. however. I just want to focus on what’s important to me, my music. Thank you for all the love and concern.
“I stood on my right as a responsible Nigerian, despite the violence against my person and I do not want my deleted tweet to be taken seriously. I appreciate the swift intervention of some reputable police officers on this matter too. Love.”
BNXN’s statement comes after the Lagos State Police Command spokesperson, Ben Hundeyin, threatened sanctions against the singer based on his tweets.
Sharing pictures of BNXN’s deleted posts, Hundeyin tweeted on Wednesday, “@BNXN proudly tweeted that he ‘spat in [sic] a police officer’s face and it felt so good.’ He has since deleted the tweet.
“The police officers will be sanctioned for their misbehaviour if established, while @BNXN will surely answer for his assault on a police officer.”