The insinuation that Prince Kpokpogiri Joseph, the estranged lover of popular Nollywood star, Tonto Dikeh, was arrested at Trandcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja because she has a connection with the DIG in charge of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Bureau, DIG Joseph Egbunike, has been dismissed as false by police authorities at the Force headquarters in Abuja.
Rather, Prince Kpokpogiri, who is currently under investigation by Force CID, was said to have bypassed police authorities by hiring two police officers from Maitsma Police Station, transporting them to Transcorp Hotel, and threatening to open fire on Tonto Dikeh unless she handed over the keys to an SUV to him.
According to reports, Prince Kpokpogiri drove to Transcorp Hilton with his driver and two policemen in the early hours of Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at about 12.30 a.m.
Reports state that they blocked a vehicle that was packed there and stayed till 6 am. The vehicle blocked is a gift Kpokpogiri gave to Tonto Dikeh, but Prince Kpokpogiri alleged the car was stolen.
One of the police officers allegedly pointed his gun at Tonto Dikeh’s head during the chaos and dispute that ensued, causing the security team of Transcorp to contact the Inspector General of Police.
The IGP, Usman Alkali Baba, then asked the FCIIB’s DIG in charge to investigate the allegation. CP Umar Sanda, the Commissioner of Police in Charge Administration at Force CID, and several police operatives were then dispatched to the location by DIG Egbunike.
At the scene, Prince Kpokpogiri apparently became enraged and began hurling insults and cursing at the police officers, despite repeated pleas for him to calm down.
As a result, when DIG Egbunike learnt of Prince Kpokpogiri’s actions, he ordered the prince’s arrest as well as the arrest of the police officers who accompanied him.
It was however revealed that his detention was to allow him to regain his sanity, following which he will be questioned regarding the vehicle’s ownership or otherwise.
Recall that Tonto Dikeh, a Nollywood actress, had earlier dragged Prince Kpokpogri to the police station, accusing him of extortion, blackmail, and life threats.
Also a petition signed by her lawyer on September 10, 2021, requested that the politician/lover be investigated by the police for a range of charges, including criminal defamation, hacking, cyberstalking, and obtaining by false pretenses.
The petition read: “Our client has reasons to believe that Kpokpogri Joesph had planted a closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) at private areas of his residence and staged-managed those visits with the aim of blackmailing our client.
“She was surprised when sometime in August the said Joseph started demanding for the sum of five million naira from her and threatened to expose her nude pictures and other such document relating to her if refuses to pay.
“To actualize this demand, the said Kpokpgri started sending messages, documents and files containing sensitive information and materials relating to our clients to her phone while releasing some to the public.
“Our client believes that Joesph hacked her phone and illegally obtained private conversations she had with a third party which he, Joesph Kppkpogri then caused to be released to the public on or about the 6th day of September 2021.
“Our client has been receiving series of threats phone calls which she believes are being orchestrated by the said Kpokpogri.
“On or about the 7th day of September 2021, our client received a phone call from this line 09038727436 which threatened her that if she writes anything against the said Kpokpgri, they will kill her; that they know where her son is schooling and every other detail about her.
“By reason of the above, we urge you to use your good office to cause a detailed investigation into the above facts with a view to bringing Joseph Kpokpgri to book.”
Also remember that Tonto and Kpokpogri are alleged to have broken up over allegations of infidelity.