I’m surprised police declared me wanted for doing skit, actress says

Actress, Gloria Akhigbe, is not only known for some of the roles she has played in movies anymore as she has become infamous on social media for the wrong reasons.

In the last one week, a video of a beautiful woman pilfering at a party has been trending on social media, and the woman involved is Akhigbe. The video showed the well-dressed actress removing a bouquet of flower, table water and drinks from the table where she was seated and putting them in her bag.

The video went viral and many people condemned her, thinking it was real. One of those who saw the video was Assistant Commissioner of Police, Abayomi Shogunle, who even declared the actress wanted and offered to pay anyone who could find her an unspecified amount of money as reward.

But Akhigbe has come out to state that the video was a skit and that there was no need for the police to declare her wanted.

On his verified Twitter account, Shogunle had written, “Wanted person, Please help me find this Yoruba woman. If your tip leads to her apprehension, I have a cash reward for you.”

Fondly referred to as Age Anthony, the actress told Saturday Beats that the viral video was actually a skit which she thought she could use to pass a message across to some ladies who go to parties with the intention of stealing.

“I was the one that uploaded the video on my Instagram page. It happened at a burial ceremony that held on the last Saturday of October 2018. I was having a discussion with my friends on how beautifully dressed ladies steal at parties, so I decided to do a skit about the trend.

“Surprisingly, when I woke up the next morning, I received a phone call from a friend who told me that there was a video of me stealing at a party and it had gone viral. My friend sent me the video immediately and I began to laugh when I viewed it because it was obviously a skit.

“In fact, the people that were at the table with me were aware of what was going on. The person that recorded the video was even laughing, so it is not sensible to tag me a thief. I never knew I was such a good actress until the video went viral. People prefer bad news to good news. They have chastised me because of the video and insulted my family.”

According to Akhigbe, she is still shocked that she was declared wanted by the police because of the skit.

“I was surprised when the police officer declared me wanted; I see it as defamation of character. There was no proper investigation or questioning before declaring me wanted.

“I had to address the policeman’s statement for declaring me wanted; I am still waiting for the policeman to come to me. This is the first time something like this is happening to me. I have funny skits that I do regularly.

“Initially, I was not embarrassed because some people who knew me as an actress understood it was just a skit. However, when I saw the negative comments and curses on the Internet, I felt bad,” she said.





About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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