Nollywood actress, Mimi Orjiekwe has come out to debunk the news of a police arrest that was circulated on social media. Recall that the news said the movie star was apprehended over a 700 million naira fraud allegation, and fans have been reacting.
Also reacting, Mimi revealed that the rumor started by UK-Dion’s Mr. Michael Diongoli about her arrest over fraudulent activities are untrue and should be disregarded.
Her lawyer added that the actress was only invited for questioning to resolve a contract dispute that involved Mr Michael Diongoli.
Her lawyer wrote, “Despite S 8(2) of Admin criminal justice act 2015, @policeng continues to arrest & Detain suspects on matters boarding on civil transactions. Lately, my client, actress and interior designer @MimiOrjiekweng was invited by SFU on a contract dispute. @policeng impunity must end now.
Mr. Diongoli claimed that Mimi refused to supply the furniture he paid for and that he was defrauded. He also falsely claimed that the contract was for 700 million naira when actually it was for 472 million naira.
At the police station, Mimi was said to have explained that the civil transaction between her and Mr. Diongoli was purely contractual and outside the criminal jurisdiction of the police.
Meanwhile, FBM Homes couldn’t complete the installation of the furniture at Diongoli’s because her workers were asked to leave the site, following the confiscation of the building by EFCC and Interpol.
All the furniture procured for Diongoli’s house are stored in a secured warehouse, which Mr Diongoli, on his release from custody, refused to pay the outstanding balance of 89 million including storage and clearance charges.
Mr. Michael Diongoli’s tactics of using the police to harass and intimidate Ms. Orjiekwe to collect the remaining furniture without paying the outstanding balance has been challenged in a suit filed by her lawyer at the Federal High Court Lagos for the enforcement of her fundamental rights. Also, the unlawful posts made on blogs about the so-called arrests as a result of the false allegations by Mr. Diongoli were part of the court claims, in which a compensation of N200m has been claimed on her behalf.
Mimi has since returned to her normal life and business, as the law is clear under the Police Act 2020 and the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 that no criminal charge can arise from a matter that borders on civil transactions.”
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