Nollywood actress Helena Duru has accused men of the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) of fracturing her skull after they forcefully gained entry into her apartment in Enugu State.
The Actress in a post on her Instagram page shared graphic photos and videos of the alleged physical assault on her person by the EFCC agents.
She wrote: “CCS department Enugu Zonal command of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission did this to me. Exactly 02:53, I heard a noise in my compound, then I gently came out at my balcony to peep what it was, I saw some men but couldn’t identify them as it was still dark. When they saw me, they asked me to come down and open the staircase door which I ignored and hid.
“Few minutes on, I heard a boy screaming and crying for help. Then my neighbour called me to alert me. I told her I was awake, we both came out from our balconies (she lives on the first floor) the men started shouting at us that we should go in or open the staircase gate. The next thing we heard they started damaging the staircase door and gained access. I went inside my room and locked the door. Two men climbed to my flat, damaged my two doors, gained access into my house and started beating me. I got a slap first that made me shout Jesus Christ. They spoke in Hausa language but all I could hear was ‘yamiri’ the beating became intense as they beat me in turns, using a rod/stick (don’t exactly know what that was ) all over my body. One picked my USB phone cord and descended on me.
“They kept speaking In Hausa as they beat me. I could feel the rage in them as I kept screaming Jesus. I feared for my life then I ran into the bathroom and closed the door. They tried to push it down but the entrance was too slim for both. They left my room. I thought they came on their own accord. Once I noticed they left my room, I tried to come down to inform whoever is their superior what had happened, another one saw me, without saying a word he took his instrument and repeatedly hit my head screaming ‘Get out, go up’ I tried to explain why I had come down but he made sure he repeatedly hit my head until I felt fluid dripping on my face.
However, the EFCC in a statement released on Saturday dismissed her claim as mischievous. The commission described the actress as “an upcoming actress, a mere publicity-seeking player, with a poorly- scripted claim that has fallen flat in the face of unassailable facts available to the Commission”
The anti-graft agency wondered why an assault of July 21, 2022, which has not been logged nearly two months later at the Police Station is only being brought to public glare on September 2, 2022!
This is not the first time the anti-graft body has been accused of assaulting celebrities. In
In August 2021 a former BB Naija reality show star, Dorathy Bachor accused the anti-graft agency of breaking into her Lagos apartment in search of a person who ran into the estate but refused to tender an apology to her after they discovered their mistake.
Also in November 2021, Cheque, a Rapper who is signed to the Penthauze Records label took to his Instagram to accuse the officers of the EFCC or Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of assaulting him.