“Joshua Akinrinola, a documentary photographer, has accused his mentor, Eti-Inyene Akpan, of refusing to release his camera lens valued at N1.1m.
PUNCH Metro reports that Akpan, who is also a photographer, borrowed the lens to cover a church programme.
The 25-year-old said his mentor promised to return the device a few days after the event.
He lamented that Akpan had, however, refused to return the lens since July 2021, when he took it, adding that efforts to retrieve his property had proved abortive.
Akinrinola said, “The name of the lens is 70 to 200 F2.8 and it costs about N1.1m now. He (Akpan) has been my mentor since 2019. He reached out to me to borrow my lens for a conference in his church in Lagos.
“I sent the lens to him through public transport on July 2, 2021, and he confirmed receiving it. The conference ended on July 11 and I was supposed to get the lens on July 12 or 13, but I didn’t hear from him. Suddenly, I stopped seeing his WhatsApp status and it was unusual.
“I called and messaged him, but he didn’t respond. I kept on disturbing him. But the confusing part was when I reported him to his acquaintance, Ebenezer, who informed me that Akpan said he did not know me.”
Akinrinola said Ebenezer told him that Akpan claimed he didn’t borrow anything from him.
“Surprisingly, on September 1, Akpan called to apologize and said his phone got lost and that was why he didn’t have my phone number and that Ebenezer gave him my phone number. He said the lens was stolen and promised to get me another one. I recorded the conversation.
“I sent the receipt of the lens to him and sent him an e-mail since he said I could only get across to him through his mail and he replied, saying he did not know me.
“I have been mentally weak; there were many deals that I lost because the clients wanted to hire me because of that type of lens; some clients ended up cutting down my price. I have a series of people who wanted to rent the lens from me but couldn’t and to rent the lens per day is over N25,000. He has been threatening to deal with me for demanding my lens,” Akinrinola added.
Contacted, Akpan confirmed collecting the lens from Akinrinola, but said he returned it.
“I acknowledged collecting the lens from him, and I also acknowledged that I returned the lens to him myself,” he said.
When asked for proof that he returned the lens, he said, “I might not have any physical proof that I handed the lens to him myself because I dealt with him as a brother and it would be foolish of me to record when I was returning it to him. That was my mistake.”
However, in a recorded conversation between the duo on September 1, 2021, Akpan was heard informing Akinrinola that the lens was stolen.
“My in-law was robbed; his car was stolen. He was stabbed in the head and just finished surgery. Don’t bother about your stuff, my camera body was in the car, but it is insured. I don’t know if your lens was insured.
“What I want to do is to see if I can swap the expenses with the insurance company, but we are trying to do the paperwork. I told Ebenezer to send me your number to call you,” he stated.
Confronted with this evidence, Akpan said, “I never informed him that the lens was stolen. Thank God it was a phone call, so when the telecommunications (company) releases that conversation, he would be shocked. The lens issue is one side, but my voice recording is another issue entirely.”
BREAKING: 14 Children, One Teacher Killed In US Primary School Shooting
Fourteen children and one teacher have been killed in a shooting at a primary school in Texas, the state governor has said.
The attack happened at Robb Elementary School in the city of Uvalde, around 80 miles west of San Antonio, Sky News reports.
Governor Greg Abbott identified the gunman as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, who lived in the city and entered the school with a handgun and possibly a rifle.
Mr Abbott added that the gunman is dead and is believed to have been killed by responding officers.
“He shot and killed horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher”, he told a news briefing.
More than a dozen children were taken to Uvalde Memorial Hospital, while University Hospital in San Antonio, said a 66-year-old woman was in critical condition.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has said US President Joe Biden has been briefed on the shooting.
Robb Elementary School has an enrollment of just under 600 students.
As an elementary school, classes will be for children aged between around five and 11 years old.
Earlier, The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District said that all schools in the district were locked down because of gunshots in the area.
A heavy police presence surrounded the school Tuesday afternoon, with officers in heavy vests diverting traffic and FBI agents coming and going from the building.
Uvalde is home to about 16,000 people and Robb Elementary is in a mostly residential neighborhood of modest homes.
My Wife Killed With 4 Children In Anambra Was 9 Months Pregnant – Harira’s Husband Cries Out
Ahmed Jubril, the husband of Harira Jubril, the pregnant woman who was killed by unknown gunmen alongside her four children in Anambra state on Sunday, has described the incident as his worst life experience.
Some reports have identified the deceased woman as Fatima.
He said his late wife’s pregnancy had reached 9 months and she was supposed to give birth this week but evil struck before that time.
“I have lost everything in this world, my wife and four children, all gone just like that. This is the worst thing any person would experience in life.
“Fatima, who was the eldest, was 9 years old followed by her sister Aisha, who was 7. Then Hadiza, 5 years and Zaituna, 2 years old,” Ahmad told BBC News Pidgin, stating that all the four children were in school before their demise.
While describing how the unfortunate killing of his wife and children happened, he said, “She [my wife] visited my sister who was staying in another part of Anambra, and that was something she always did every week before she was killed.
“I was at work that day and it was when I was returning that my brother who already knew told me what happened. It was at the hospital I saw them,” he added.
Jubril, who hails from Ganye local government area of Adamawa state, said no government official or police officer had visited him even though the incident occurred over 48 hours earlier.
“Nobody has come to meet me, nothing like the government or police. It is only my work that is helping me at the moment.”
Ahmed said his immediate plan was to transport the remains of his family to Adamawa state as he did not want to bury them in Anambra.
“I am looking for money to transport their remains to Adamawa state, where I want to bury them,” he said.
Ahmed revealed that some people have begun donating money to him.
The spokesperson for Anambra Police Command, DSP Ikenganyia Anthony, confirmed the death of the woman and her children, saying investigations were ongoing on the matter.
Anthony said the police would bring the killers to justice.
“Our investigation has started over this matter and our plan is strategic because the aim is for us to get the people who did this thing,” he told BBC News Pidgin.