Mr Lucky Ewah, the producer spoke to Potpourri on phone and explained what actually happened in the film shot in 2002.
As a movie maker, I’m not the kind of producer that produces nude stories or pornography. I make movies that have to do with women and youth re-orientation. I don’t know how Tunde Moshood got in touch with those materials and he has been using those materials.
That movie was uploaded on YouTube on 22nd of September, 2009. As long as Tunde Moshood has the materials on that project, I’m alleging him to be the person that uploaded it.
Those are the things my lawyer is working on, because it’s an infringement of right. He did not work with me on my set. He has never been a co-producer, director or co-sponsor. So, how did he get those materials?
As I speak with you, I don’t even know Mr. Tunde Moshood. In this very case, Tunde Moshood must come and answer the court. How did he get those materials?
The materials the Censors Board did not approve or use… Who gave him those materials? Are you saying that the materials he (Tunde) uploaded are not from the film?
They are not from the film. So, how did he work that out?
That is my challenge concerning this whole controversy. So many people have said so many things based on social media, wanting to know if the producer of the movie is alive or around. Truth is, I haven’t been around for some time.
This movie has really caused a lot of controversy because people think that what actually happened in the movie was true. That is the reason Cossy called me to come and clear the air and let Nigerians know that she didn’t actually sleep with a dog.
Now, this is the reason the movie was made in that manner. Recall that the movie was produced in 2002 at a time when the NAPTIP stories on women trafficking was very high, especially in the Niger-Delta region. I’m from Edo State.
There was a time, Her Excellency, Titi Abubakar set up an NGO called NAPTIP, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons. This same movie was taken to that office because it was an advocacy movie, to advocate against human trafficking.
That was why the movie was produced at the time. To pass the message that most Nigerians travel abroad to do all sorts of undignified things to make money without knowing the dangers involved. Nigerians know the truth about the movie, but my major challenge and concern is how Tunde Moshood came to possess those materials.
Even the movie director doesn’t have access to the material. Only the producer has access to it. So how did Tunde Moshood have access to the materials? According to Cossy in most of her Instagram posts, she said it’s Halima Abubakar that released some of the clips to Tunde Moshood who was her boyfriend at the time…
She told me all of that. If it is Halima that gave him the clips, they have to come and explain to us because Halima also didn’t work on that set, so how did she get the clips? Halima didn’t work with us. I’ve never used her in any of my jobs. So, how did they get those materials? That’s where my lawyer is coming in.
The social media war of Cossy Ojiakor, Tunde Moshood and Halima Abubakar
The movie “Itohan” was shot in 2002 and uploaded on YouTube in 2009 after the magazine, Enquirer owned by Tunde Moshood made a publication about Cossy Ojiakor having sex with a dog just about the time the movie was being shot. It was 17 years ago and all the drama associated with the saga appeared to have been rested for good until Cossy opened the old wounds again in an Instagram post on her page two weeks ago.
It all started with a picture post by Uche Ogbodo on Instagram, showing Halima Abubakar and three other actresses. Cossy had reacted to the picture, calling Halima a snake that betrayed her.
She then went ahead to paint the picture of how Halima Abubakar leaked the pictures from the movie “Itohan” to Tunde Moshood, publisher of the then Enquirer, whom she also described as Halima’s boyfriend.
“ We were roommates at the time and she had access to my things. I got a picture from the location camera guy on some of the scenes from the film. Halima stole the pictures and gave his boyfriend who twisted the story to sell his magazine,” she said in a private chat with Potpourri.
However, Tunde Moshood backed the video with caustic comment directed at Cossy, and the consistent brickbats have continued.
Ironically, the person in the eye of the storm Halima Abubakar as well as Director of the movie, Chico Ejiro have surprisingly kept mute about the whole saga.