After the story broke yesterday that Mercy Aigbe had keep running in with Osogbo police, the performing artist came online at the beginning of today to clarify what happened amongst her and the policemen yesterday. She denies being captured however says her PA was slapped for recording the police men badgering them while her driver was practically thumped. Later at the police headquarters, things however took a totally diverse measurement.
Mercy Aigbe-Gentry, yesterday had a run-in with some armed policemen in Osogbo when her vehicle she was traveling with was impounded by them. It was gathered that while a minor misunderstanding between the actress and the policemen that impounded her vehicle appeared settled, and her seized vehicle particulars released, some armed policemen suddenly appeared and rearrested the actress and her driver.
Eyewitnesses told Vanguard that the actress who was traveling in gold-colour Honda end-of-discussion (EOD), was flagged down while driving towards Olaiya Junction in Osogbo. A source added that the vehicle was allegedly arrested because its driver was making call while others claimed police cap was put on the dash board of the vehicle which attracted the policemen. Her presence immediately attracted large crowd at the ever-busy Orita-Olaiya, which nearly led to the policemen being mobbed. The visibly angry Aigbe-Gentry, was seeing making calls and had to be pacified before she agreed to leave the scene, even as many of those gathered verbally attacked those that arrested her.
However, when the actress and her co-travellers were released, about five new armed policemen later arrived the scene, and fired several shots into the air while the artist and others traveling with her were arrested and whisked away. Reacting, ASP Egbedele, the assistant Police Public Relations Office, PPRO, Osun state Police command, explained that the matter was a minor traffic issue, adding that it has been settled
“Morning Fan, 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. ….Big thanks to my family, friends and fans for checking up on me.