Friday, 29 April 2016

Policemen only tried to molest me, there was no arrest – Mercy Aigbe

Mercy Aigbe
Popular Yoruba movie actress, Mercy Aigbe, has debunked allegations making the rounds that she was arrested by policemen in Osogbo, Osun state capital.
The Punch had earlier claimed that a mild dispute played out on Wednesday at the Olaiya Junction area of Osogbo, after policemen arrested the actress.
According to the report, the policemen, who were heavily armed, had been trailing her car, a Honda Accord from Okefia area. When they arrived at the popular Olaiya junction, they blocked the actress with a police patrol van.
The men were said to be on a stop-and-search when they saw a police cap on the dashboard of Aigbe’s car.
According to reports, the policemen fired three gunshots into the air before whisking the actress and her brother, who drove her in her car.
Although it was not clear why the police team arrested her, reports say her brother was particularly arrested because he dressed like a ‘yahoo boy.’
During the arrest, the actress, angered by the action of the police who blocked her, was said to have flared up and insulted the policemen.
The actress was said to have spoken harshly to the policemen and this reportedly annoyed them which made them confiscate her mobile phone.
The actress, whose husband is said to be a police officer, reportedly called them and he pleaded with the policemen to release her.
The argument between her and the policemen attracted a huge crowd of people, some of whom wanted to beat up the policemen, while others reportedly pleaded with the security operatives, who gave her back the phone.
The policemen called for reinforcement to prevent the crowd from attacking them.
But reacting to the report, Aigbe said, “I was never arrested.
On her Instagram account, she wrote: “Morning Fam, it has come to my attention that news has been flying around that I was arrested by the police in Osogbo. ..For the records I was never ARRESTED!
“I was shooting a movie in osogbo and was going for a break with my PA and Driver when we saw a police van chasing us, they later double crossed us, came out of their van and started banging the bonnet of my car asking us to come down.
“I was shocked and scared because I didn’t know what was going on. I stepped out of the car to ask them what happened and why they double crossed us in that manner, the policemen started shouting and acting crazy, pointing his gun at me.
“On seeing his behaviour, I took out my phone and started to record them, one of them forcefully collected my phone from me. My PA also started recording them with an ipad and the policeman slapped her and threw the iPad away.
“At this point, a lot of crowd had already gathered when they saw me and what was happening and they started booing them, saying that is how Osogbo policemen harass innocent citizens.
“When the policemen saw the large crowd supporting us and that they could be mobbed, they stylishly left only to call for reinforcement of other Police officers.
“Those ones came and started shooting sporadically into the air, everyone had to run for their lives. The police officers then forcefully collected my car key & car documents from my driver and even tried to beat him up.
“They then ushered us into my car and a policeman drove us to their state headquarters. On getting there, we were taken to the office of the Assistant Commissioner of police where we narrated what happened and how their men harassed us and caused unnecessary commotion!
“I even showed him the videos I recorded.
“The ACP then apologised and pleaded with me to delete the videos. We settled the matter and I went back to work.
“Big thanks to my family, friends and fans for checking up on me,” the actress noted.





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