As the dust raised by Toyin Aimakhu’s ex-boyfriend, Seun Egbegbe’s iPhone theft saga is yet to settle, fresh reports have emerged that the filmmaker also committed another $3,000 fraud at a MultiChoice outlet in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
A dealer, Semiu, explained how he met Egbegbe briefly on December 9 at a MultiChoice outlet opened by the latter two days earlier at Uncle Joe Bus Stop, Mokola area of the state capital.
Speaking with Sahara Reporters, Semiu said Egbegbe walked into his outlet requesting to buy two GOtv decoders, noting that he was expecting a friend of his to bring money with which he would pay for the decoders.
“Another man arrived wearing jellabiya, (the long robe favored by Muslim men) and gave Egbegbe some money. After handing over the cash, the man in jellabiya left.
“Egbegbe stepped out of the shop and waited outside, where I was shielded from view by a glass door.”
Semiu said he found Egbegbe standing outside and sought to know what was going on.
“Egbegbe, who kept impersonating a prospective customer then pointed to a man waiting downstairs, signaling that he was the one that would provide information required for the activation of the decoders. Though he was speaking, his voice was drowned out by music from the loud speakers hired to create awareness for the outlet.
“That was the beginning of trouble. When the Hausa man got upstairs, he told me that Egbegbe had taken $3,000 from him and I could not make any connection. I considered it a joke initially, but later realized that the second guy was a Hausa man, who had innocently transacted business with the pretended customer on the assumption that he owned the MultiChoice outlet.
”The Hausa man told me that Egbegbe had phoned him from a Fidelity Bank branch opposite the MultiChoice outlet, claiming to own that place and requesting to change naira to dollars. Apparently, Egbegbe had failed to give the forex trader the naira equivalent of the money he took from him, with currency trader lured into a false sense of security that Egbegbe owned the dealership and could always find him there.
“When the currency trader realized that the man he transacted business with was not the owner, he raised the alarm. Before I knew what was happening, I was surrounded by over 20 Hausa men and dragged to Sabo, the hub of forex trading in Ibadan.
“I was beaten for about 45 minutes and was about to be killed before a policeman from State Investigation Bureau, SIB, named Samson, intervened and ordered us to move to Oyo State Police Command Headquarters at Eleyele.
“I kept telling them that I knew nothing about the money and that they should not kill me because of $3,000 (N750,000). After about 30 minutes of beating, I was handcuffed and taken to my office and to my house. My wife and four-year-old daughter saw me in handcuffs. They searched my house and found nothing.
“I was detained and I kept requesting that I be charged to court because I suspected that there was a plot to make me face criminal charges and have me remanded in prison.
“Shortly after, I saw actress Toyin Aimakhu with a man that was being wildly cheered by policemen. I took a closer look and discovered that the man being cheered by the policemen was the person that came to my office requesting to buy GOtv decoders and eventually took $3,000 from the currency trader.
“On the said day, Seun Egbegbe and Toyin Aimaku came to release Aimakhu’s Range Rover that he (Seun) gave her which the police impounded from her driver earlier that day and fortunately I saw and recognized Seun Egbegbe as someone who collected $3000 from the BDC vendor.
“I was confused. I then told one of the officers that the man in front of them was the one who collected the $3,000. The officer asked if I knew the person I was pointing at. I said I was sure he was the one. The officer said he is Seun Egbegbe, a socialite.
“I kept insisting he was the one who came to my shop. Egbegbe was then arrested by an IPO after initial hesitation by police and confessed that he was the one that did it.
“But his actress girlfriend, Toyin Aimakhu, told the police that she was ready to offer them (the police) any amount to bury the case because she doesn’t want a scandal.
“I wanted to press charges against Seun Egbegbe but the police colluded with Aimakhu and threatened I and my co-victim with harm. Some officers were opposed to my arrest, but the IPO insisted on arresting him, and he was arrested.
“He confessed to the crime and promised to refund the Hausa currency trader. The actress slumped in shock. I was invited back to AKS on January 18, 2016, for apology and compensation, but nothing was done,” Semiu stated.
Meanwhile, the filmmaker is yet to respond to the allegation. All efforts to reach him were abortive, apparently because he has left Nigeria for Malaysia.