Why I orchestrated fight with Uche Maduagwu, Jim Iyke reveals

Actor Jim Iyke has revealed that the viral video of him beating his colleague Uche Maduagwu was staged, adding that it was orchestrated to promote his film Bad Comments.

The 45-year-old disclosed this in an interview with Chude Jideonwo published on Wednesday.

According to the actor, he paid Uche after they had reached an agreement. He added that the fight was a strategy used in promoting his film Bad Comments.

“It was orchestrated, I can say it now. I’ve given you two scripts. Do I look like the kind of person that just before the introduction of one of the most important works in my entire career would go and jeopardize it with that? No, I’m too strategic.

“I called the man, we had an understanding, I paid very well for it, rolled out the script, called Moses in, we shot it and we’re about to release the ending of it. I’m not stupid. I will never make that kind of mistake.

”We buried over N20m in the production of that film and people were still viewing it with a certain degree of cynicism. Immediately there was a scandal, it caught fire,” the said.

He further noted that he was discouraged about pulling the stunt but went on with it because he understood what the people wanted.

The Nollywood ‘bad boy’ made headlines in August 2021 after beating up his Uche who questioned his source of wealth and alleged that he was wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).