Despite picture evidence and eyewitness accounts, movie marketer, Seun Egbegbe, has denied reports that he stole nine iPhones at Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos on Tuesday.
In a statement Wednesday morning, the former lover of Nollywood actress, Toyin Aimakhu, described allegation that he stole phones and was beaten up as laughable.
Though he admitted that he was at Computer Village, he said he was never arrested for stealing.
Hear him: “The story is pretty laughable and better left in the court of public opinion. Ordinarily, I 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!”
His statement contradicts that of Lagos police spokesperson, Dolapo Badmos, who said the Ebony Films boss confessed to being beaten for allegedly stealing the said phones.
“The command received the report of an alleged stealing at the Computer Village,” Badmos began.
“There have been accusations and denials. The shop owner alleged that the said Seun (Egbegbe) came to his shop to buy iPhones and in the process, he wanted to bolt in a vehicle.
“But Seun said he wanted to pick money from his vehicle to balance the payment based on an agreement with the sales boy.
“He said when he entered the vehicle, the boy screamed for help and he was attacked and beaten up by some people in the vicinity.”