Twist In Actress Ufuoma, Lagos Speaker Saga


Nollywood actress, Ufuoma Ejenabor, is not strange to drama. But this rising actress  may not be enjoying the kind of drama entrailing her alleged assault by the convoy  of Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji.

Days after the reports over the alleged assault on her along Ozumba Mbadiwe Street,  Victoria Island was broken by the actress herself through a Twitter message, things  began to turn the other way with the recent release of a video recording of what  actually transpired between the actress and the Speaker on that day.

Ufuoma had claimed publicly on 7 November that she was assaulted on 29 October by  policemen attached to the convoy of the Lagos Speaker. She said she recorded the  incident where the driver of one of the vehicles, the Pilot, hit her Nissan Xterra  SUV and drove on without regarding the act.

“I tried to call their attention to it but they were abusive. Then they got really  angry because I was recording the event. They had my BlackBerry phone which they  still have till date. We wrote to the Speaker and no response. But we are taking it  to court. One week is long enough,” she stated.

But in a letter dated 2 November and written to the Speaker by Obinna Ukawoko, her  lawyer, Ufuoma demanded N35 million as compensation. She claimed to have been  assaulted and her vehicle damaged. The actress also claimed she had on her,  accessories worth N2.5 million that were allegedly stolen and destroyed by members  of Ikuforiji’s convoy. She listed the items thus: white gold necklace (N850,000),  silver Gucci wrist watch (N475,000), pink Ipod (N55,000), Blackberry Bold (N150,000)  and Channel sunglasses ($1,215). She also claimed her wedding band worth £3,000 was  broken, while her damaged vehicle will be repaired for N595,000.

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But the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday, at a media briefing, contested all  the claims of the actress, saying it will take a legal action against the her.

Segun Olusesi, the Chief of Staff of the Assembly, said the House will make the  issue a deterrent case. Olusesi, who claimed to be driving directly behind the Pilot  vehicle said Ufoma drove into the convoy, hit the left rear of the vehicle’s bumper  with the right front bumper of her car.

The video evidence, he said, showed the actress as she drove her car away from the  police station without any visible damage and had with her, her wedding band and bag  while she was at the station.

A source that has been following the saga told Showbiz Trends that “if things turned  out true as the Speaker’s camp want us to believe, then it will be a case of deceit  and cheap lie on the part of the rising actress. Besides, the accessories she said  she had on that day was too good to be true, especially during this period that her  sector, Nollywood is supposed to be in recession.”

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