A movie-maker in the Nigerian film industry popularly called Nollywood, Seun Egbegbe has denied stealing iPhones. It was widely reported on November 22 that Egbegbe stole ten iPhones from a shop located at the Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos – the industrial capital of Nigeria.
Egbegbe who responded to the reports the following day via a personally signed statement described the allegation that he was beaten up for stealing the phones as laughable even though he admitted being at the scene. He also denied being arrested for stealing.
He said, “The story is pretty laughable and better left in the court of public opinion. Ordinarily, I do not want to join issues with the writer of the publication but I have a responsibility to set the records straight for my fans, friends and foes, in the defence of the truth.
“To say the least, the news did not only grossly misinform unsuspecting public; it also portrays traces of campaign of calumny by some mercenary hirelings hell bent in destroying my name, for reasons best known to them.”
“I want to state here categorically and emphatically that though I was at Computer Village to address some issues, I was never arrested for stealing 10 iphone 7s, as stated by the writer of the story, the matter has since been resolved by the Nigeria Police; and the issue of me stealing phone is devilish from the said writer.”
The Yoruba language film-maker was reportedly well beaten up for allegedly stealing the iPhones at one of the shops in the village.
Sportsfunnigeria.com learnt that he had gone to the shop Tuesday morning and had told the sales boy he needed iPhones.
He was said to have left the shop with the phones, explaining he wanted to pick up cash from his car parked just across the area.
He, however, reportedly attempted to leave in the waiting vehicle without paying when the sales boy raised the alarm. The reaction from bystanders and other traders was swift and stopped the vehicle and dragged Egbegbe out before thoroughly beating him up. He was consequently handed over to the police at the Area F Command, Ikeja.