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Actress re-counts her sad story of how she went to jail over what she knew nothing about

A certain yoruba actress, Yetunde Akilapa,  who was sent to jail for wrong accusation of theft, has been discharged and acquitted
in court for lack of evidence. 

She tells her story to First Weekly below.

There is a rumour that you were set up by your friends, how
true is this?
Yes, it’s true. Some of my friends set me up.
Why did they do that to you?
Let me narrate everything to you from the beginning. I am
into business, I sell weave-ons. I learnt hairdressing before joining acting,
it was just that I had no time for the business because of my acting career. I
used to have a salon at Bariga area of Lagos State, but I left the place for a
friend, Titi, who is a cousin to my boyfriend, Wale. The only thing I didn’t
give her was the weave-ons in the shop. I told her to sell them, and that she
should give the money to my younger sister, who lives near the shop. However,
she refused to deliver the money she made from the sales to my sister. I later
went there to pick up all my things in the shop and requested for my money. To
my surprise, she claimed that there was no money with her because a lot of
people owed her.
An argument ensued between her and my sister, which resulted
into a fight during which she stabbed my sister. I reported the matter to the
police, who arrested and detained her. Her cousin, who was my boyfriend, and
others were against me over the action and pleaded with me to withdraw the case
from the police, which I later did.
So, how did the set up happen?
There was a woman I met at Next Salon at Akoka, Lagos, who
liked what I sell. I told her I could do home delivery. We exchanged numbers
and she gave me her address. She stays at Fola Agoro, which is near my place at
Bariga all in Lagos. Most times when she calls me to deliver some weave-ons for
her at home, I would either at locations or busy with something else. I later
tried to call her on the phone, but it was not going through.
One day, I decided to visit her at home. On getting to the
place she gave as her residence, the place was quiet as I didn’t see anyone
outside. It is a block of six flats at Fola Agoro. I knocked a door and someone
came out to attend to me. But when I asked to see the woman, who told me she
is called Mama Ayo, the lady that attended to me claimed there was nobody like
that in the place. The woman thereafter called other tenants and accused me of
being an informant because she said they had robbed the house in December 2012,
and this incident happened in March.
Before I could say Jack Robinson, they started shouting at
me. I told them I was an actress, but nobody listened to me. They ransacked me
and found a bunch of keys on me, which has about 15-20 keys. They claimed they
were master keys I used for robbery. Even when an actress friend of mine, Queen
Oluwa, called my phone when I was there, they claimed she was trying to know
how successful my surveillance was.
They later took me to the police station and I was detained.
My boyfriend and his cousin later got to know about my ordeal They later
testified at the police station that I was an actress and a bail was to be
arranged for me to get out of the station. They were always outside, whenever
they came and I thought they were discussing how I would get out of the
station.
On a particular day, when of my accusers came to the police
station as directed by the police, he was surprised that I slept over at the
station. He told my sister that he had informed the police that I should be
released since it was confirmed that I was an actress and not a thief. He later
signed a document with the police that I should be released. I was happy that
the matter had been resolved, but unknown to me, this was the beginning of a
big problem. 
The police later came to tell me that my house would be
searched in the afternoon. I asked them to tell me the reason for that, but
they did not tell me anything. During this time, Wale and Titi were in the
DPO’s office, and I thought that they were negotiating my release. The police
that searched my house reported back to the DPO and presented the receipts to
him.
At the DPO’s office, a guy interrogated me and introduced
himself as a PM. I thought he was a Production Manager, but unknown to me, he
was a journalist from PM News. It was later I got to know about this. He was
the one that reported in the media that I was sent to Kirikiri Prison for
robbery.
After leaving the DPO’s office, I was told that I would be
charged to court. Three days after, I was charged to court.
My friends were behaving as if they were behind me. Even
when my sister helped in securing a lawyer for me, my friends said he was a not
a good one and offered to get me a good lawyer. I didn’t agree to that, maybe I
would have rot in jail if I had not rejected their offer.
.
But how did you come about the 100 bunch of keys?
This was the handiwork of the journalist that broke the
story. When I even asked Titi about the media report, she rained abuses on the
PM News guy that he was a stupid person. Titi told me that she knew the guy was
a journalist and that she was giving me signal at the DPO office not to respond
to his questions, but that I didn’t notice.
Even my bosses (Ogogo and Yinka Quadri) were annoyed with me
that I didn’t inform them about the whole matter. I told them I never thought
it would turn out to be what it became. They stood solidly behind me despite
everything.
Let me tell you something, Titi dated the DPO because of my
matter. I later got to know the whole truth of the matter later. I would have
rot in jail but God helped me out. She was jealous of how I get money to do
some things.
Do you still relate with Titi?
Never, such a person should not be mingled with at all
because she is a dangerous element.
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Tireni Adebayo

Tireni Adebayo is the Editor of Kemi Filani News. She has BSC in Mass Communication from the Redeemer's University and M.A in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (2014 - 2015) where she majored in Public Relations and Advertising and Digital Media.  When she is not writing, she is either listening to music or reading her favorite books. Tel: +2348000000901 Address: Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria Email: [email protected]

5 Comments

  1. Not only is the interview quite long but it is inconsequential. She has left out so many important things like what the heck was she doing with such a huge bunch of keys????

    All she was doing in this story was rambling and rambling and I dont even understand the importance of the nonsense story about her salon and Titi and PM and boyfriend mschewwwww….

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