filmmaker, Seun Egbegbe, was perhaps, directing a movie when the news
and pictures hit the internet that he was beaten for absconding with
nine iphones at Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos.
spoke to the owner of the shop, Kolawole Aleshinloye on telephone, he
said he was out of town but the matter was with the police.
told them to lock my store. I came around yesterday and witnessed
everything. I put down my statement at Area F Police Command. The case
is with the police. I told them to lock my store because my boy was
wounded and he is currently at the hospital. My secretary has gone to
the police station upon invitation. Anything you want, just go to Area F
police command and ask for the IPO in charge.
dragged by the car when they were trying to get away with the phones.
The guy has written his statement and there is a formal petition from
the Nigerian Police. The guy (Egbegbe) had never come to buy anything
from my store before now and I don’t know him. I did not see him because
I was not at the office but my staff attended to him. They were the one
that took him to the police station. I just showed up at the police
station but I am not an eye witness.
or theft case and sincerely I don’t know what to do and that is why the
police is handling everything. I don’t have the time to handle this
type of case. As I speak with you, I am about travelling out of the
country. I missed my flight yesterday because of this issue. I was on my
way to the airport when this incident happened so if there is anything I
need to do, my lawyers would handle the matter. We have an association
in Computer Village; Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of
Nigeria; the members of the association were the ones that took him to
the police station.”
himself as Onyeka, said he witnessed what happened since his shop is
directly opposite the scene of the incident.
man cannot deny it. It happened and the man stole the phones. If it did
not happen, why did he have a bloodied mouth? Those guys outside were
the ones that beat him but they did not beat him up to stupor, they just
‘touched him small’. At about 11am, the man came to the store claiming
that he wanted to buy some phones. He had spoken to the sales girl but
all of a sudden, he told them to pack the phones for him and that he
would give them the money in his vehicle. As he got to his vehicle, he
put the phones in the car and instead of him to bring out the money; he
entered the vehicle which was already in motion. He was not alone in the
that the man was leaving with the goods. An SUV that was in front of his
car had to stop to ensure that he did not run away with the phones and
that was how they caught up with him and those with him in the vehicle.
If the SUV was not there, they would have absconded with the phones
because the road was very free. He was already inside the car and the
car was in motion. I think there were about two other people in the car
with him. The vehicle was in motion and ready to zoom off, yet he
claimed that he wanted to give someone money. The police came around and
he was handed over to them,” Onyeka said.
name in print, insisted he saw how Egbegbe rushed to his car with the
phones and would have zoomed off.
had over N2m in his car and he was going to bring the money from the
car? Why didn’t he bring the money when he entered the shop or even tell
the shop attendant to hold the phones while he got the money? The guy
really wanted to outsmart the shop attendant but his luck ran out. That
way why we beat him silly,” he said.
after the incident, Egbegbe said, “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 on destroying
my name, for reasons best known to them.
completely self-serving spirited attempt to destroy my person, it has
become imperative and timely that a rejoinder is written to state the
fact clearly. 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 7, 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.”
with Egbegbe’s publicist, Saturday Beats learnt that he was arrainged on
Thursday at a the Magistrate Court in Ikeja on a one count charge of
theft but he has since met his one million naira bail condition. His
publicist further emphasised that Egbge is not in prison but resting
somewhere in Ikeja, Lagos.