Popular Yoruba actress, Mercy Aigbe has debunked reports stating that she was arrested by the Nigerian Police in Osun State.
There were multiple reports on the arrest of the actress and her driver who was travelling in gold-colour Honda end-of-discussion, towards Olaiya Junction in Osogbo.
An eyewitness said the policemen were on a stop-and-search operation, when a police cap was spotted on the dashboard of her car which attracted the officers, while another said the driver was making a call while driving.
Another eyewitness who identified himself as Adedeji, said the officers had stopped Mercy’s car because it was tinted.
Here’s what he said: “When the policemen got to the junction, they went to the parked car and ordered the driver to roll down the glass of the car because it was tinted and they could not identify those in the car. Immediately the driver rolled the glasses down Mercy Aigbe rushed out of the car to confront the policemen. They eventually took her and the boy who drove, away.”
Aigbe was reportedly ordered to exit the car but her personality attracted a crowd that struggled to catch a glimpse of her while she was being quizzed by four policemen. The actress’s vehicle papers and phones were demanded and seized by the policemen.
However, Aigbe, in a lengthy Instagram post, claimed that the police did not arrest her as speculated. She said that she was shocked and scared over the actions of the police, adding that she did not know why she was treated in such a manner.
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She further explained that the situation was rescued by the assistant commissioner of police, who apologised to her after she narrated her ordeal to him.
She said: “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 and a police man 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.”
The assistant Police Public Relations Office, PPRO, Osun state Police command, ASP Egbedele, also confirmed the incident, stating it was a minor issue that has been resolved.