Nollywood star, Mr. Ifeanyi Azodo, has been arrested by the police in Onitsha for an alleged robbery. The Area Commander of Onistha Police Area Command, Abubarkar Yahaya, confirmed Azodo’s arrest to journalists in his office. He said:
“There was a case against him and we just invited him to make statement and we released him on bail because it is a ‘bailable’ offence. “If you want details of the matter, then go to the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO).
Don’t quote me wrong, I said we had a case reported against him and we invited him for questioning and along the line we found out that he took laws into his hands and in the course of our investigation we found him wanting.
“However, we have recovered about 80 per cent of the missing items in relation with the matter and investigation is still ongoing.”
Asked when police would arraign Azodo, the area commander said that would depend on the outcome of investigation. He added:
“I said we are still investigating the matter. It is the conclusion of the investigation that will determine the next line of action.”
A top police officer, however, told our correspondent that owner of a hotel in Ontsha reported the case of robbery against Azodo.
According to investigation, Azodo invited a 30-year-old man into the hotel. During their discussion, there arose a misunderstanding between them which attracted the hotel management which invited the police. The man, who gave his name simply as Stephen, did not speak on the cause of the argument.
He, however, gave his phone number and said he would not want to say anything about the matter until after the police concluded their investigation. When contacted through a text message, Azodo replied: “Ya bro got ur message. Will call u once am done shooting.”
However, Azodo did not call at press time. The PPRO, ASP Nkiru Nwode, confirmed Azodo’s arrest. Nwode said that it was a case of robbery and not homosexual as being rumoured in some quarters.
“Yes there was a case of robbery reported against him. I did not see it as a homosexual; it was a case of robbery,” the PPRO added.