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Sunday, July 3, 2016

16 Nigerian celebs robbed in 18 months!

Gone are the days when politicians and oil tycoons were most sought after by burglars. Probably because of the improvement  in their security coupled with them having armed escorts.

Now it seems entertainers are the victims of choice for the men of the night.
Since the beginning of 2015, the rate at which entertainers have been mugged both home and abroad has been increasing steadily.
Most of our celebs are not even safe in their motherland, as well as those who have been been victims abroad.
Thenetng presents a list of 16 Nigerian celebs that have been robbed so far in the last 18 months.


Designer Olakunbi Oyelese – April by Kunbi
Location: CMS, Lagos
Date: January 8, 2015 between 3 and 4pm
Items lost: N500, car damaged, injuries
‘Sooo I wasn’t going to put this out here but I spoke to a few people recently that have had or heard of a similar experience.
‘Years ago we felt safe enough driving in Lagos as long as your windows were up and you’re locked in the car… Even the people with no ac in their cars would sweat it out, literally.

Kunbi Oyelese
Nollywood actress, Tope Osoba

Location: Unity Drive, Badore, Ajah Lagos
Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2015
Item lost: Blue Toyota Highlander
Tale: Tope Osoba’s car got stolen – a Toyota Highlander with the license no GGE108AP, sky blue in colour – at her residence in Ajah, Lagos.


Rapper, CDQ
Location: Lagos
Date: April 2015

Items lost: Jewelry, laptop, cash and his car was damaged
Tale: People bad sha… Broke ma glass, took my laptop, jewelries and cash overnight …just few days to ma b.day! smh.


Former Rhythm FM OAPIphie Aggrey-Fynn

Location: Aba-Port Harcourt expressway, Nigeria
Date: Tuesday June 2, 2015
Item lost: Her life
Tale:  Reports claim that the Ghanaian-born OAP with Rhythm 93.7FM Port Harcourt had gone to see her parents in Aba and was on her way back to Port Harcourt when the bus she boarded was attacked by armed robbers and was shot dead.


Singer, Jaywon
Location: Lagos
Date: August 9, 2015
Items lost: Money, identification cards and more
Tale: Narrating the incident, popular show promoter, Alex Ozone who was with the Nigerian singer at the time of the attack, wrote: ‘That’s how those boys robbed me, Jaywon and our friends with heavy guns and matchetes last night on our way from an event of all our valuables and vital documents but above all we thank God for our lives even though we still have very serious injuries.this street is very rough and tough mehn but we still gonna survive.
BTW: wetin dey pain me Now Na my ATM, drivers license Wi-Fi and some identity cards that they collectd which I know they will never use!!!. Life matters and life goes on… Thank you Jesus!!’


Rising rapper, Big Sheff
Location: Gani Fawehinmi Park, Ojota, Lagos
Date: Friday September 4, 2015
Items lost: Damage to car, no life lost
Tale: Narrating the ordeal to NET, Big Sheff said, ‘I was out with the family (my sister and her husband). We were going for a family friends birthday dinner. There was traffic at that Gani Faweyimi park Ojota, then i noticed a guy was walking past as people walk about on a regular in Naija traffic and he came back and the next thing like 8 guys came out and one of the guys put a device on the window to weaken it or crack it (I don’t even know) and then used the handle of the gun smash the window and another guy was doing the exact same thing to the back window.


Cinematographer, Unlimited LA
Location: Marriot Hotels in New York
Date: September 2015
Items lost: Macbook Pro laptop, two 2TB hard drives, $4,500 (about N1m), cash, camera, lenses, clothes, jewelry and his international passport
Tale: Recounting the ordeal exclusively to NET, Unlimited LA, said, ‘My bags mysteriously disappeared from my hotel room, and it contained my Macbook Pro laptop, two 2TB hard drives, $4,500 (about N1m), cash, camera, lenses, clothes, jewelry and my international passport’.
Asked if the hotel management or the NEA organisers did anything to help him, he said,‘Nobody did anything for me o, they were just saying sorry sorry’.
With the loss of his computer and hard drives, we asked if he lost any unreleased music videos on the hard drives, and he said, ‘Yes, I lost a lot of materials, but the good thing is I had back ups for all the files, so it’s fine’.


Actress, Ireti Doyle
Location: Town Planning way, Anthony – Lagos
Date: October 14 2015 at about 8:30pm
Items lost: Her car was damaged, phone was stolen and she suffered a severe injury.
According to the actress, she was robbed on Wednesday October 14, 2015 along the Ilupeju bypass by Town Planning way, Anthony – Lagos at about 8:30pm.
The robbers shattered her car windows, slit her wrist and made away with her iPhone.


Actor, Yul Edochie
Location: Enugu State, Nigeria
Date: Friday October 16, 2015
Items lost: Suffered a cut on my ear and a few bruises
Tale: ‘This really happened. I was attacked by armed robbers on Friday night (October 16, 2015) in Enugu while I was relaxing in my hotel premises after the day’s shoot’.
He however escaped but injured himself in the process. In his words, ‘Luckily I escaped but unfortunately I crashed into a glass door as I was running for dear life and sustained this cut on my ear and a few bruises. Not a funny experience at all. I’m back to Lagos to run a full scan to be sure all is well inside. I thank God for His protection’.


Pop star, Davido
Location: Greyston Shopping center, Moloko Hotel Junction, South Africa
Date: November 13, 2015
Items lost: Davido’s Rolex, Kamal’s Rolex sky dweller and a total of $185k
Tale: Immediately after the robbery, Davido tweeted: ‘My daughters face was flashing through my eyes the whole time. Dem niggas got me for 55 thousand dollars cash !! Crazy’
His manager Kamal Ajiboye who was with him at the time of the robbery narrated the ordeal exclusively to THENETNG: ‘We had just arrived in SA yesterday evening (November 13, 2015), so we stopped for traffic light, next thing, they crossed us and two of them came out with guns and they used their guns to smash our glass’.


Nollywood actor, IK Ogbonna’s wife Sonia Morales
Location: Mile 2, Lagos
Date: November 27, 2015
Items lost: Her bag, phone and her car was damaged
Tale: As written by her actor husband when the incident happened last year: ‘It’s so sad how we sit down and watch these armed robbers attack and terrorize innocent people on daily basis .. My wife and son were attacked around mile 2 in traffic and the bastards dint care if a baby was in the car , smashing the screen all over my 5 months old son snatching a hand bag and phone (which in this case wasn’t such a big deal) but when this becomes a daily routine we really beginning to question our security.. Are we safe .. ? Tomorrow morning I am pretty sure I will wake up to another news of these bastards taking things from people in traffic.’
Nollywood actress, Jennifer Eliogu
Location: Ojuelegba, Lagos
Date: April 2016
Items lost:  Car, phones, jewelries and also forced to withdraw as much as the limit permitted on her bank accounts via an ATM machine
Tale: The actress wrote on Facebook:
‘I write with a heart filled with gratitude to God for his mercies are unending. I had a terrible experience with the men of the underworld on Sunday night,they blocked my vehicle on Ojuelegba bridge, a Honda Accord in front, a small ash colored car behind, four armed men, three of them got into my car, letting their previous victim go while they drove off with me in the passenger seat and the other small car trailing behind.
Cinematographer, Clarence Peters

Location: Ghana
Date: May 2016
Items lost:
Tale: Explaining how it happened, Ghanaian rapper Reggie Rockstone who spoke on Accra-based Radio Gold said, ‘Clarence brought his own camera crew, who he has been working with for years and he stayed at Alisa Hotel during the video shoot. On Tuesday night by 2: 00 am we saw the CCTV footage of a young man neatly dressed, he walked into the room and picked up the bag of equipments (estimated at $60,000) and walked out. I mean this is the creepiest thing with people still sleeping in the room. Now the footage is not too clear and we don’t know what happened in the room.’


Fred Amata, Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN) president and filmmaker 
Location: In front of his residence
Date: 2.30 am on Saturday, June 25, 2016
Items lost: His car a Metallic Grey Lexus 470 SUV, phones and personal belongings
Tale: A statement from the victim’s team read: ‘At 2.30 am this morning (June 25) Mr Fred Amata was robbed at gun point. His car a Metallic Grey Lexus 470 SUV with license plates AGL 414 CU was taken including his phones and personal belongings. He was robbed at gun point in front of his house gate. They bundled him into his car and dropped him at Fadeyi Bridge at 2.30am after taking his shoes’.


 Music producer, Laolu Akintobi
Location: Mile 2, Lagos
Date: Saturday June 25, 2016
Items lost: His phone plus some amount of money were stolen
Tale: The veteran music producer took to Facebook to share his own experience with the robbers saying, ‘Alert! My phone plus some amount of money were stolen this afternoon (at gun point) by the bad boys (about 5 of them) of Mile 2 between Festac 2nd gate and Mile 2 bus stop. Please be on the look out and not fall victim of fraudsters claiming to be me or using the information on the phones for dubious intentions. I was really shocked but I’m fine now’.


Make-up artiste, Bimpe Onakoya
Location: South Africa
Date: Sunday June 26 2016
Items lost: Makeup box, camera and lenses, 2 Mac laptops, clothes, and international passports
Tale: Bimpe took to IG to share her story: ‘My hubby and I were robbed at gun point this morning in Jo’burg, less than 1 hour after touch down, they crossed our car, four guys came out armed to the teeth with sophisticated looking guns, they emptied us, took everything, my makeup box, my camera and lenses, 2 Mac laptops, all our clothes, our international passports, so right now we don’t have identity in a foreign land, the police have been wonderful to us, but Nigerian Consulate is a story for another day , still trying to find a solution to this mess!!!’.

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