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True story of Uche Jombo’s arrest, release

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May 19 2012



…She was unruly — Police source
It is no longer an issue of contention that Uche Jombo recently slept in the police’s cell while filming in Surulere, Lagos.What is news rather is the ugly incident that preceded her action.

HVP findings during the week indicated that the actress was arrested and detained at  Bode Thomas police station in Surulere, following  what the police described as her ‘unruly behaviour.’

A source close to the police told HVP that Uche Jombo defied all protocols, as she took the law into her own hands by going to shoot her film in a Police station without duly obtaining a written permission from the Inspector General of Police. The IG, according to the source, is the only authorised person to approve of such undertaking.


Narrating further, our source said  while Uche was filming with her cast and crew members, trouble ensued when the policemen led by the Divisional Crime Officer(DCO) confronted them.

But rather than explaining things politely to the policemen, the actress was said to have flared up,  raining abuses at the policemen, a situation that angered  the Divisional Police Officer at Bode Thomas Police station who ordered for her immediate arrest and detention.

Hear the police source; “Uche Jombo and her team came to shoot film in  a government establishment  without duly obtaining a written permission from the IG, who is the only person authorised to do so. When the police confronted her, instead of  explaining things politely, she became rude to them,  shouting and telling them that she can pay their salaries. She particularly assaulted the DCO. So, when the matter was reported back  to the DPO, who was also  furious with her action, he quickly ordered his men to get her arrested and detained.

“She lacks respect, and if she is truly one of the  ambassadors of GSM brand, she should reflect the same in her conduct and dealings with other people.”

According to the source, the police threatened to charge the matter to court just to embarrass the actress. But for the intervention of some members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria(AGN) who prevailed on the DPO  to temper justice with mercy, Uche would have been standing trial for “unruly  behaviour, unlawful invasion of government institution to shoot film and assault on the police.”

Uche Jumbo was arrested by the police at Bode Thomas police station in Surulere, alongside Ghanaian actor,Van Viker and other crew members while filming on Thursday, May 3. They were detained by the police for about 12 hours before they were released on Friday.

Meanwhile, attempt by HVP to reach  Uche Jombo for reaction proved abortive as her cell phone, at the time of filing this report was switched off.


Article credit: Vanguard Newspaper

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