Based on the investigation conducted by the police ,it has been revealed that security guards at the Brixton Academy, the South London venue for Nigerian singer, Asake’s concert where two people died in a stampede, allegedly took bribes to let people without tickets into concerts.
A security guard who was on duty on the night of the incident informed the police that the act has been ongoing since 2009 and some of his colleagues made £1,000 cash from bribes they took from people coming for concerts without tickets.
“There were people taking money… Some staff made £1,000 cash,” a guard, who is employed by AP Security stated . “Our company knew what was going on and they knew the people who were doing it, and they did nothing about it.
The guard, with the pseudo name Rohan, revealed that there were 110 security guards on duty that night when there should have been 190.He described the crush which took place at Asake’s concert “like being in a car crash that’s been really awful – being crashed on and stamped on.”
Rohan explained that things got out of hand after people bribed their way in and more people came to try their luck.The whistleblower added; “When you let a few people in, they would text their friends, and they’ll text their friends.“And the bouncers started being greedy, and it got out of hand. And people wanted to come in anyway, without a ticket.“You can train someone to the max, but when that happens in front of you, you actually stop… you freeze.”
Rohan further explained that the subject of bribes had been brought up in staff meetings, but AP Security managers had not reprimanded guards accused of letting ticketless people in.He also disclosed that bribing guards for tickets was not limited to Brixton Academy, but also happened at several other venues and festivals where he had worked.
A police chief also disclosed that a week before Asake’s concert, guards allowed people without tickets to gain access to a different event that took place at same Brixton academy.