The police has explained why Prince Kpokpogri, ex-boyfriend of Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh was arrested and detained. Vanguard reported that police authorities at the Force headquarters in Abuja countered claim of Kpokpogri being arrested at Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja because Tonto Dikeh and the DIG in charge of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Bureau, DIG Joseph Egbunike are friends.
Kpokpogri was instead accused of bypassing Police authorities, hiring 2 police officers attached to Maitama Police station, taking them to Transcorp Hotel and threatening to open fire at Tonto Dikeh if she did not hand over the keys of an SUV to him. The publication reported; “They blocked a vehicle that was packed there and stayed till 6 am. Kpokpogiri’s driver said he gave the keys to the vehicle to Tonto Dikeh but Prince Kpokpogiri alleged the car was stolen.”
It was alleged that in the confusion and argument that ensued, one of the policemen allegedly pointed his gun at Tonto Dikeh’s head, prompting the Security team at Transcorp to alert the Inspector General of Police. IGP Usman Alkali Baba was said to have directed the DIG in charge FCIIB to look into the matter.
DIG Egbunike subsequently deployed the Commissioner of Police in Charge Administration at Force CID, CP Umar Sanda and some police operatives to the scene. Prince Kpokpogiri was said to have become violent and was allegedly raining insults and curses on the Police officers while all entreaties for him to calm down failed.
After being briefed about Kpokpogri’s conduct, DIG Egbunike ordered his arrest and that of the policemen he came to the hotel with. Vanguard reported that the “police said the arrest is to enable him to regain his sanity, after which he would be questioned on the issue about ownership or otherwise on the vehicle in question.” DIG Joseph Egbunike confirmed the arrest and told the publication; “Yes, I called my CP Sanda Umar, CP Administration who despatched officers to arrest them.
He (Kpokoogiri) became insulting and uncontrollable. I ordered his detention to enable him to calm down. Besides, he has a pending petition against him which CP Sanda Umar is investigating.”