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Actor Kalu Ikeagwu tells the true story of his recent arrest

In this interview with Sahara Weekly, Kalu Ikeagwu narrated the ordeal he and his family recently went through in the hands of the Nigerian police force. Read below:

“Yesterday, 26th of September 2016, at about 3:40pm my daughter had just been dropped  off at home by her official  school bus while  I opened the gate for her to come into  the house,  two men accosted  and  ordered that I  should  follow them,  then I asked them who they are,  instead they  flashed an Identity card that I only showed police written on it without any  name. Meanwhile, these two men  were in plain clothes and one of them had  a black looped  earring .  At this point, I said I was not going to follow them since I do not know who they are. Suddenly a white unmarked bus pulled –up in  front  of me and four more men on plain clothes appeared from the bus with one pointing an AK47 raffle at my fore head …” Sensing danger, the actor smartly dialled his wife’s  phone number but the men began struggling his phone from him, before they took the phone  from him  he was able to tell his wife that  “ some men purported to be police officers  are taking me away…”


The men over powered and handcuffed him while they drove to  Pen-cinema Police station Agege, Lagos State. They drove passed area G Police Station Ogba which is closer to Kalu’s residence.  Arriving at Pen-cinema Police station, they held him outside  the gate;  until a man appeared wearing a black long coat who simply identified himself as Born Great Benin. “I said to him I cannot answer any  question  from you,  unless I am taken  into the police station proper, it was this Born Great  Benin that later  ordered them to take off the cuffs  and   asked them to bundled me into  the bus again and they  drove off to somewhere I later identified as area F,  police station Ikeja.  At this area F rather than take me into the station’s main building, I was held at a  room when a certain gentle man identified as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Philips came in and  showed me  a telephone number and  asked if I knew the owner of the number…”


Instantly,  Ikeagwu  identified the owner of the number as his friend who had picked him up from  the airport a few days earlier. Ikeagwu   inquired  from his friend if he had bought a phone recently and his friend said  yes and narrated how he had   swapped  his old phone(ipone6) for a new one(Iphone7) at the popular computer village  Ikeja, Lagos Nigeria and paid an extra N37.000 in a legal business transaction  with a phone dealer. “That was when they explained to me that since I was the last person that dialled my friend’s  phone number it made me a soft target-hence my arrest ”.

Ikeagwu’s friend who had travelled  has  since returned   to Lagos, at the time of publishing this story  Kalu Ikeagwu  is a free man while his friend  in company of a  lawyer are working with the Nigerian Police Force to identify  the phone dealer.

Asked what this experience has done to his family and his personal feelings towards the Nigerian Police, the graduate of English Language had this to say:
 “first I will talk about my wife, she is still in fear even till this moment she even stopped me from jogging this morning . I thank God at the way she handled the situation, the situation has made me remember I have a gift in her. For me, it only reminded me of what a movie director in Enugu told me, he said, he can forgive a man that takes away his wife, or a man that stabs him so long as he did not die, but can never lift a finger to help a dying  police man. In my life I have never had dealings with the police but  it’s unfortunate the way this episode ended.  Because their actions are an embarrassment to Nigeria’s image,  the first skill of every intelligent police officer is his understanding of psychology but instead they chose to  do otherwise”.
From the  press perspective; Kalu  is disappointed at  two media houses and wishes  to thank  them for not having recourse to hear from him before publishing their stories on this issue.
“But when I wedded they had the time to call me and report  it, but when this issue  came up they forgot to call me,  later remembered to call me after they had publish their stories with my private home address  knowing how susceptible my family will be to miscreants and exposing me to the public unnecessarily”  he concluded.  

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