Actor Kalu Ikeagwu opens up about his recent issue with the Nigerian police | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

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News broke yesterday of the arrest of newly wedded actor Kalu Ikeagwu over a theft case. According to reports the actor was arrested in front of his home and bundled away by the Nigerian police for being a suspect. The actor who has since been released has come out to talk about the incidence.


According to the actor, “Yesterday, 26th of September 2016, at about 3:40pm my daughter had just been dropped off at home by her official school bus while I opened the gate for her to come into the house, two men accosted and ordered that I should follow them, then I asked them who they are, instead they flashed an Identity card that only showed police written on it without any name. Meanwhile, these two men were in plain clothes and one of them had a black looped earring. At this point, I said I was not going to follow them since I do not know who they are. Suddenly a white unmarked bus pulled up in front of me and four more men on plain clothes appeared from the bus with one pointing an AK47 raffle at my fore head.”

Kalu Ikeagwu explains that the men over powered and handcuffed him while they drove to Pen-cinema Police station Agege, Lagos State. They drove past area G Police Station Ogba which is closer to Kalu’s residence. Arriving at Pen-cinema Police station, they held him outside the gate  until a man appeared wearing a black long coat who simply identified himself as Born Great Benin.

The actor says “I said to him I cannot answer any  question  from you,  unless I am taken  into the police station proper, it was this Born Great  Benin that later  ordered them to take off the cuffs  and asked them to bundled me into  the bus again and they  drove off to somewhere I later identified as area F,  police station Ikeja.  At this area F rather than take me into the station’s main building, I was held at a room when a certain gentle man identified as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Philips came in and showed me a telephone number and asked if I knew the owner of the number…

The actor was able to sort things out with the police.
Talking about how the Nigerian Police handled the case he says “first I will talk about my wife, she is still in fear even till this moment she even stopped me from jogging this morning. I thank God at the way she handled the situation, the situation has made me remember I have a gift in her. For me, it only reminded me of what a movie director in Enugu told me, he said, he can forgive a man that takes away his wife, or a man that stabs him so long as he did not die, but can never lift a finger to help a dying police man. In my life I have never had dealings with the police but it’s unfortunate the way this episode ended.  Because their actions are an embarrassment to Nigeria’s image, the first skill of every intelligent police officer is his understanding of psychology but instead they chose to do otherwise”

Instantly,  Ikeagwu  identified the owner of the number as his friend who had picked him up from  the airport a few days earlier. Ikeagwu   inquired  from his friend if he had bought a phone recently and his friend said  yes and narrated how he had   swapped  his old phone(ipone6) for a new one(Iphone7) at the popular computer village  Ikeja, Lagos Nigeria and paid an extra N37.000 in a legal business transaction  with a phone dealer. “That was when they explained to me that since I was the last person that dialled my friend’s  phone number it made me a soft target-hence my arrest ”.

Ikeagwu’s friend who had travelled  has  since returned to Lagos, at the time of publishing this story  Kalu Ikeagwu  is a free man while his friend  in company of a  lawyer are working with the Nigerian Police Force to identify  the phone dealer.

Asked what this experience has done to his family and his personal feelings towards the Nigerian Police, the graduate of English Language had this to say “first I will talk about my wife, she is still in fear even till this moment she even stopped me from jugging this morning . I thank God at the way she handled the situation, the situation has made me remember I have a gift in her. For me, it only reminded me of what a movie director in Enugu told me, he said, he can forgive a man that takes away his wife, or a man that stabs him so long as he did not die, but can never lift a finger to help a dying  police man. In my life I have never had dealings with the police but  it’s unfortunate the way this episode ended.  Because their actions are an embarrassment to Nigeria’s image,  the first skill of every intelligent police officer is his understanding of psychology but instead they chose to  do otherwise”.


From the  press perspective; Kalu  is disappointed at  two media houses  and wishes  to thank  them for not having recourse to hear from him before publishing their stories on this issue. “But when I wedded they had the time to call me and report  it, but when this issue  came up they forgot to call me,  later remembered to call me after they had publish their stories with my private home address  knowing how susceptible my family will be to miscreants and exposing me to the public unnecessarily”  he concluded.  

(Credit: Sahara Weekly)

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