A mob at the Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos State, on Tuesday reportedly accosted and beat up a Yoruba film-maker, Seun Egbegbe, for allegedly stealing nine iPhones at a shop in the area.
However, the film-maker reportedly told policemen investigating the incident that he had no intention to steal the phones, but had stepped into his vehicle to pick some money.
Egbegbe, who had been romantically linked with a popular Yoruba movie actress, Toyin Aimakhu, however, reportedly attempted to leave in the waiting jeep 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.
The producer was said to have been beaten to a pulp and was consequently handed over to the police at the Area F Command, Ikeja. A police source at the command told PUNCH Metro that Egbegbe was being held for investigation into the alleged crime.
The source said, “He (Egbegbe) went to Computer Village this morning (Tuesday) to buy latest iPhone 6.The sales boy gave the price as N290,000 and he demanded five pieces of the phone, which he gave him.
“He afterwards requested additional four phones and the boy gave him. The boy told us that as he was about to demand payment, Egbegbe requested one more to make the phones 10. The boy went into the shop to bring the 10th phone.
“The boy told us that before he came out, the suspect left with the nine phones without paying for them. He was eventually pursued by other shop owners. He wanted to enter his standby vehicle, but was apprehended and beaten up.
“Many senior officers tried to interrogate him, but he kept telling them that they should not worry.”
The Lagos State Police Command spokesperson, SP Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed the incident at the Computer Village, said Egbegbe had denied the allegation.
She, however, added that the case was still under investigation.
However, Seun Egbegbe has released a statement releases Official Statement for iPhone Theft Allegations
"My attention has been drawn to an online publication of the aforementioned. The story is pretty laughable and better left in the court of public opinion. Ordinarily, 1 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.
Having read with keen interest the 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, 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.
Furthermore, It is rather unfortunate that the said writer will amount to cheap blackmail to deceive the unsuspecting public with a view of gaining cheap popularity.
It is germane to note that I am a charitable, humane, and grass root person, who has exhibited selflessness in communal service, which have used as a veritable tool for social development. .
Finally, I wish to inform the general public to discard the report. I am presently at home relaxing!"