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Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by damiloladuke: 12:13pm On Jun 13
Last week, a youth corps member serving in Lagos state was humiliated after a video of some persons accusing her of stealing an iphone 6s went viral.

The ladies in the video accused her of stealing the phone and wanting to extort money from them before she returned the phone.

Jojo through her lawyers have now released a statement detailing what transpired with evidence to back up her claims.

Read the statement and see all the evidence below

We are Solicitors to Miss Jojo (hereinafter referred to as ‘Our Client’) on whose instructions and behalf we issue this statement. We are aware that some individuals have erroneously labelled our client “a thief’ out of sheer ignorance or heightened sense of malice as a result of the incident that occurred on June 6, 2018. This is of course, due to the lack of a full grasp
of the true story leading up to the incident. Thus, for the avoidance of doubt, and to make right her precious image, we deem it expedient to make a statement, on the true facts of what transpired. These facts are hereby set out forthwith seriatim.

On March 23, 2018, our Client entered a contract for the supply of clothes with one Mr. Fumbi Kuponiyi (trading under the name and style of Fame Wears) who persistently refused and/or willfully neglected to discharge his obligations under the terms of the contract, upon payment
of the sum of #40,000.00 ( forty thousand naira only) by our Client. We have attached below, a screenshot of our Client’s conversation with Fumbi acknowledging the debt of #40, 000.00 to our client.

Upon series of futile attempts to recover her money, which saw the said Fumbi ignoring her calls and messages, our Client was able to set up a meeting with him at the Ikeja City Mall on April 27, 2018 where upon verbal confrontation, an iPhone 6s was forcefully collected from
Fumbi as collateral for the unliquidated debt albeit not without him making fuss about it in public.

In a rather shocking period that followed, Fumbi neither called nor attempted to recover ‘his iphone 6s’, especially as he had earlier strongly resisted the use of the said phone as a collateral. Our client reached out and informed him, to come and retrieve the phone. (a screenshot of this conversation is attached below) but Fumbi remained unperturbed. It then
became clear that something was amiss. Our client then thoughtfully, reasoned that the only basis for Fumbi’s nonchalance was perhaps, because the phone did not belong to him.

However, there was a problem, the screen of the phone was damaged and the owner of the said phone could not be ascertained. To cure this anomaly, our Client demonstrated an extraordinary act of kindness by repairing the screen of the phone for the sum of #30,000.00 (the invoice from the repairer with the said amount is attached below). After repairs it was discovered that the phone had icloud protection and the repairer suggested that the owner might be contacted using contacts from the sim card found during repair if inserted into another iphone.

Our Client honourably contacted the owner of the phone(Miss Judith) and informed her of the circumstances surrounding her phone. She in turn told our client that she had misplaced the phone in NYSC camp, at which point our Client realised that she was also a Youth Corps member and they had been in the same NYSC camp although they never met. The owner also
acknowledged that the screen of the phone was damaged at the time it was stolen and our client made it clear that the phone was a collateral for the debt incurred by Fumbi who had then become inaccessible, but emphatically stated that she could come for her phone as she
had no intention of punishing her for Fumbi’s actions. The owner thanked her for her kind gestures and both parties eventually agreed that Miss Judith would liquidate the sum of #30,000.00 used in fixing her phone, and on the suggestion of our Client, that she will liquidate
an additional debt of #20,000 (adding up to #50,000.00) owing to the fact, that once the phone is gone, her #40,000.00 debt owed her by Fumbi will be lost. Miss Judith saw reason with this, and agreed. (We have begun the process of retrieving the telephone communication between our client and the said owner which would be made available to the
public to buttress this point).

We make bold to say, that our client had at no time demanded for any ransom from the owner (this would be hilarious as she never kidnapped any phone nor had interest in keeping a phone that was not hers), all she wanted was predominantly the #30,000.00 expended on the phone to ascertain its true owner. (We have attached a video dated June 5, 2018 sent to the owner calling on her to come and retrieve her phone, and just bring her money, her loss was becoming too much).
The parties agreed to meet at Circle Mall, Lekki. However, the owner of the Phone came with a Police officer to arrest our client as the “thief” of her stolen phone.

Our client explained her story to the police, who neglected, refused and failed to investigate or inquire about the said
Fumbi. Our client was painfully and unfortunately detained at the Ilasan Police station, Lekki Jakande without legal representation. The police refused to hear or investigate her story. She was eventually granted bail at 8p.m in the tune of #80,000.00 (eighty thousand naira only)
and her iphone was seized till full payment was made the next day.

We must categorically state, that our client was charged to court, but all allegations against our client were struck out by the learned trial Judge who demanded our client to be more careful with her business partners (in reference to Fumbi Kuponiyi) in future by signing an undertaking to that effect. (A copy of this ruling is accessible to any member of the public who so desire to have it).

We wish to state that up till this day, the 30,000.00 used in fixing her phone, and on the suggestion of our Client, that she will liquidate an additional debt of #20,000 (adding up to #50,000.00) owing to the fact, that once the phone is gone, her #40,000.00 debt owed her by Fumbi will be lost. Miss Judith saw reason with this, and agreed. (We have begun the process of retrieving the telephone communication between our client and the said owner which would be made available to the public to buttress this point).

We make bold to say, that our client had at no time demanded for any ransom from the owner (this would be hilarious as she never kidnapped any phone nor had interest in keeping a phone that was not hers), all she wanted was predominantly the #30,000.00 expended on the phone to ascertain its true owner. (We have attached a video dated June 5, 2018 sent to the owner calling on her to come and retrieve her phone, and just bring her money, her loss was becoming too much).

The parties agreed to meet at Circle Mall, Lekki. However, the owner of the Phone came with a Police officer to arrest our client as the “thief” of her stolen phone. Our client explained her
story to the police, who neglected, refused and failed to investigate or inquire about the said
Fumbi. Our client was painfully and unfortunately detained at the Ilasan Police station, Lekki Jakande without legal representation. The police refused to hear or investigate her story. She was eventually granted bail at 8p.m in the tune of #80,000.00 (eighty thousand naira only)
and her iphone was seized till full payment was made the next day.

We must categorically state, that our client was charged to court, but all allegations against our client were struck out by the learned trial Judge who demanded our client to be more careful with her business partners (in reference to Fumbi Kuponiyi) in future by signing an
undertaking to that effect. (A copy of this ruling is accessible to any member of the public who so desire to have it). We wish to state that up till this day, the #30,000.00 expended on the phone by our client has not been paid to her, irrespective of the fact that the owner acknowledged that the screen of the phone was faulty even when she had it.

We wish to reemphasize the fact that our client is not a thief and has never demonstrated any criminogenic propensity. We use this medium to call on all purveyors of defamatory publications and comments or insulting rumours to desist from such. In all honesty, somelogical questions should pass through our minds as seekers of the truth:

I. True, the phone had icloud protection, is it not possible for it to be sold in the ‘black market’ at whatever value possible? Why go through the hassle of getting to the owner if our client had a guilty mens rea?

II. Why did the police not investigate the said Fumbi or at least bring him in for questioning? (We have attached a conversation between Fumbi and our Client on June 8 immediately after becoming aware of the ‘theft’ story propagated on social media).

We leave these questions for the public to answer without the clouding effect of sentiments.

We humbly entreat ALL bodies or individuals promoting defamatory content against our client to kindly desist and remove ALL defamatory content forthwith. Failure to do so, we will be
forced to seek redress via litigation and its antecedent consequences.

JOSEPH OSAZUWA BAKARE ESQ
Associate
FOR: MAINLAND COMMERCIAL SOLICITORS

Below are the chats with Fumbi and screenshot of the payment receipt for the phone screen repair;

https://lailasnews.com/lawyers-to-corps-member-accused-of-stealing-iphone-release-statement/

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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by Thegeneralqueen(f): 12:15pm On Jun 13
She should do everything within her power for the guy to be jail

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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by BlueRayDick: 12:24pm On Jun 13
Her story doesn't add up.

1. A certain Fumbi owes her 40k and she forcefully took his phone as collateral. She discovered the phone has a bad screen and she repaired it with 30k which makes her account in debit of 70k. Did she skip economics class in secondary school?

2. The phone forcefully took as collateral for the refund being expected from Fumbi happens to belong to a fellow corps member whom Jojo happened to be in camp with at the same time.
Fumbi must he a spirit to have gone past the soldiers and police on camp to sneak into the other Corp member's room to steal her phone which he later used as collateral. At least I don't read anywhere in her lawyer's statement that shows the said Fumbi is a corper.

3. Then she repaired the phone which doesn't belong to her. To do what exactly? To see Fumbi's picture on it or what? Why repair the phone if you are not willing to sell it.

4. Come again. She repaired iPhone 6 screen for 30k? Are the repairers heaven trained? The last time time I repaired an iPhone 6 screen even at the height of exchange rate fluctuations it was 10k altogether with repairs fees.

5. Finally, if her lawyers are so sure all these facts are real as stated I believe they have a case against the police, the owner of the phone and Fumbi himself. Why are they not suing any of them? Why threatening bloggers who reported it with law suit?

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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by chris2face(m): 12:48pm On Jun 13
U expect me to read this long epistle just to know the girl is innocent ok got it
Whats next?

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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by SamuelAnyawu(m): 1:30pm On Jun 13
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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by maxiuc(m): 1:30pm On Jun 13
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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by skales67: 1:31pm On Jun 13
Jojo minus J= Ojo

Name was changed to confuse NCAN South East Branch.

But if you know, you know!

tongue

We make bold to say, that our client had at no time demanded for any ransom from the owner (this would be hilarious as she never kidnapped any phone nor had interest in keeping a phone that was not hers)

After all the "Free Education" in the sunset enclave, this is what a LAWYER from there comes up with? So phones can be "kidnapped"?

Issorai!

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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by UNIQUEISRAEL(m): 1:31pm On Jun 13
Ok
Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by lowgeorge(m): 1:31pm On Jun 13
Chai.... See long tori

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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by uniquee07: 1:32pm On Jun 13
After reading this long draining article i sincerely forgot the summary of the whole thing! Chai

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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by kaorama(m): 1:32pm On Jun 13
I know she could be innocent after all. Those who don't want to give her a benefit of doubt and her her own story are simply being lazy and callous.

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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by oga70563: 1:32pm On Jun 13
Lawyers and too much talk. Someone should please summarise

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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by Hakeem12(m): 1:32pm On Jun 13
okay
Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by enemyofprogress: 1:34pm On Jun 13
The story is two long ji
Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by ipobarecriminals: 1:35pm On Jun 13
sad suppose the said phone nor get icloud nkoh! she go dey flaunt it up/down abi? This tori get mouse leg.i don't buy wacky tale.Why repair what doesn't belong to u.How Com not elsewhere but same NYSC camp? we elder council reject dis tale

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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by bedspread: 1:36pm On Jun 13
BlueRayDick:
Her story doesn't add up.

1. A certain Fumbi owes her 40k and she forcefully took his phone as collateral. She discovered the phone has a bad screen and she repaired it with 30k which makes her account in debit of 70k. Did she skip economics class in secondary school?

2. The phone forcefully took as collateral for the refund being expected from Fumbi happens to belong to a fellow corps member whom Jojo happened to be in camp with at the same time.
Fumbi must he a spirit to have gone past the soldiers and police on camp to sneak into the other Corp member's room to steal her phone which he later used as collateral. At least I don't read anywhere in her lawyer's statement that shows the said Fumbi is a corper.

3. Then she repaired the phone which doesn't belong to her. To do what exactly? To see Fumbi's picture on it or what? Why repair the phone if you are not willing to sell it.

4. Come again. She repaired iPhone 6 screen for 30k? Are the repairers heaven trained? The last time time I repaired an iPhone 6 screen even at the height of exchange rate fluctuations it was 10k altogether with repairs fees.

5. Finally, if her lawyers are do sure all these facts are real as stated I believe they have a case against the police, the owner of the phone and Fumbi himself. Why are they not suing any of them? Why threatening bloggers who reported it with law suit?
Blogger cited

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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by chukwukahenry(m): 1:37pm On Jun 13
I smell lies everywhere
make I no talk wetin dey my mind
Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by BlueRayDick: 1:40pm On Jun 13
bedspread:
Blogger cited

Am too busy to be a who blogger scampers from one celebrity page to another for scoop of gossip.

Just read through the whole story and see a lot of inconsistencies in the write up. Half truths and some made up facts. All these is just name saving

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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by Khd95(m): 1:41pm On Jun 13
person owe u 40k u carry 30k to go nd fix the screen of iphone6s u siezed from him,u nd ur lawyer are very dumb tongue tongue tongue

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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by Dongreat(m): 1:41pm On Jun 13
A lot of Nigerians are dumb. Wait let me rephrase, “A lot of Nairalanders (90%) are dumb. Here is a well written piece, giving explanation for the sad events and instead of taking time from the joblessness or idleness you already have to read it, you are simply either asking for a summary, blaming the lawyers for a detailed explanation and/or calling the explanation fake and insulting the girl.

This only happened cos the girl ain’t part or related to the elite else that FUMBI goat would have been holding the bars of Kirikiri by now.

FUMBI animal stole an iPhone, and used it as a collateral for a business of 40K. The idiot betrayed the trust and allowed that lady to go through pains just to get back her money. In the end she lost everything and worse is that people who are perpetually lazy or dumb is still insulting her.

JOJO if you are seeing this then I am truly sorry for your loss. I know hoe it feels to trade on trust and friendship only to be screwed. I sincerely hope that you will be fine soonest. I truly share your pains.

In cases things goes really difficult for you JOJO and you are at your last resort, I don’t have much now due to the economic situation but I can do my best to assist you so that you wouldn’t take part in any ill activities.

Once again so sorry for your losses.

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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by thotsofnaij: 1:47pm On Jun 13
From the lawyers statement and the screen shots provided she is indeed innocent.

BlueRayDick:
Her story doesn't add up.

1. A certain Fumbi owes her 40k and she forcefully took his phone as collateral. She discovered the phone has a bad screen and she repaired it with 30k which makes her account in debit of 70k. Did she skip economics class in secondary school?

2. The phone forcefully took as collateral for the refund being expected from Fumbi happens to belong to a fellow corps member whom Jojo happened to be in camp with at the same time.
Fumbi must he a spirit to have gone past the soldiers and police on camp to sneak into the other Corp member's room to steal her phone which he later used as collateral. At least I don't read anywhere in her lawyer's statement that shows the said Fumbi is a corper.

3. Then she repaired the phone which doesn't belong to her. To do what exactly? To see Fumbi's picture on it or what? Why repair the phone if you are not willing to sell it.

4. Come again. She repaired iPhone 6 screen for 30k? Are the repairers heaven trained? The last time time I repaired an iPhone 6 screen even at the height of exchange rate fluctuations it was 10k altogether with repairs fees.

5. Finally, if her lawyers are so sure all these facts are real as stated I believe they have a case against the police, the owner of the phone and Fumbi himself. Why are they not suing any of them? Why threatening bloggers who reported it with law suit?

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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by Khd95(m): 1:47pm On Jun 13
kaorama:
I know she could be innocent after all. Those who don't want to give her a benefit of doubt and her her own story are simply being lazy and callous.
oya come here u that is not lazy

if i owe u 30k,then u siezed my tecno camon c9 until i pay up,then later u found out my phone's screen is damaged,would u repair my phone's screen for 20k, while iam still owing u 30k...u are the real lazy person here,cos u have refused to use ur brain, which is a sign of terrible laziness

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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by Metuh: 1:47pm On Jun 13
She is still a thief joor

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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by OBAGADAFFI: 1:48pm On Jun 13
Who actually owns the phone Mr Fumbi or Miss Judith.

Why call Miss Judith to unlock the phone you collected from Fumbi

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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by grandstar(m): 1:50pm On Jun 13
This is just damage control.

Something went down. Don't know what it is but the dots don't all add up.

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Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by miqos02(m): 1:52pm On Jun 13
Seen
Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by Okewa(m): 1:53pm On Jun 13
I don't even have any tin to say but to check names
Re: Lawyers To Lagos Corper Accused Of Stealing Iphone Release Official Statement by greatbuc(m): 1:53pm On Jun 13
She should have reported the case to the police

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