The true story behind my arrest – Kalu Ikeagwu
By Rita Chioma
Following his shocking arrest by Police men in Lagos State on September 26, 2016, Nollywood actor, Kalu Ikeagwu, has released a statement narrating how it all happened.
Soft-sell magazine Encomium, had reported that “he was actually arrested by security agents following a robbery and homicide case”.
The publication reported that the actor was arrested by the gun- wielding security agents at his home. It revealed that after his release that same day, he told his neighbours, that his personal assistant bought a stolen phone from Computer Village in Ikeja, and the thieves reportedly killed one of the victims of the robbery.
Today, September 28, 2016, Ikeagwu , released a statement on Instagram about his arrest:
“Just to clear the air, I have this to say. I was literally abducted at gunpoint by earring-wearing men purported to be policemen. (they were five) in an unmarked Hiace bus with civilian number plates and fake identity cards.
“They first claimed to be working on an abduction Abuja case which changed to a robbery case, all while in transit. Even on getting to the police station, I was not allowed to go into the premises but was held outside. I repeatedly asked to go into the station where I’d feel safer to ask whatever questions that were burning in my mind regarding my traumatic experience. It did not happen. Instead, they told me a phone used for a kidnap was being sought for, later the story changed to robbery then back to kidnap.
“As I write this piece I have not written any police statement in any police station which strikes me as very odd. I’m still wondering why I was molested, and kidnapped just because a purported phone number was supposedly tracked to phone.
“Why would they have to harass me when they already had details of the buyer and seller of the phone? In a legitimate situation, the seller of the stolen phone should be the key witness in this investigation, but in this case, the police are till now, very reluctant to meet the seller. I know there are mysteries I need to unravel in this case, and I will try to get answers to them.
“It’s so pathetic that one can get bad publicity from Nigerian media just because they’re so much in a hurry to copy, that they forget the importance of confirmation from all the parties involved.
“Publishing a story based solely on a neighbour’s account isn’t true journalism; that’s pure gossip and slander. We need real facts from the media and we need protection from the police and not molestation”.
Ikeagwu recently got married to make-up artiste, Ijeoma Eze on June 25, 2016 in Lagos.