Despite a statement of rebuttal issued by Nollywood filmmaker, Seun Egbegbe, that he was neither arrested nor beaten by any mob, strong indications have emerged that the filmmaker may have lied as he was still in Police custody – as of Wednesday.
On Tuesday, reports overwhelmed the internet that Egbegbe, an estranged lover of popular actress, Toyin Aimakhu, was mobbed for allegedly stealing nine iPhones, after which he was taken to the Area F Command in Ikeja.
Multiple sources squealed that Egbegbe was beaten by a mob for seeking to steal several expensive phones from Keelcech Innovation, a store in Computer Village.
It was learnt that Egbegbe had gone to the shop around 10am with the intention of buying some iPhones.
After buying the phones, he was said to have left the shop with the phones, telling the sales boy that he wanted to pick money from his jeep outside.
However, according to reports, he attempted to leave in his vehicle without paying for the phones when the sales boy raised the alarm, drawing the attention of other traders in the area who stopped the vehicle and dragged Egbegbe out.
In reaction, Egbegbe, on Wednesday denied the reports, stating that the stories were “pretty laughable and better left in the court of public opinion”.
His denial came on the back of evidences from witnesses and pictures showing blood gushing out of his mouth.
“I want to state here categorically and emphatically that though I was at Computer Village to address some issues, but 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,” he wrote.
However, The Punch Newspaper quoted a source in the Lagos State Police Command as saying that at about 3pm on Wednesday the embattled film-maker was still being held for interrogation.
The source said, “He (Egbegbe) is still in our custody. His associates have been debunking the allegation. He is still in detention. The CP even came to interrogate him this afternoon (Wednesday).”
In corroboration, SP Dolapo Badmos, the State Police Public Relations Officer, said the film maker was still under investigation, adding that the public would be informed on the outcome of the investigation on Thursday (today)
She said, “The case is still under investigation. We will properly brief the press on the stand of the command on the case by tomorrow (today).”
“You are aware that he was arrested. If an online publication is saying he was not arrested, and the police said he was arrested, which one do you want to believe?”