Veteran actor, Pete Edochie, is having a go at social media impersonators who reportedly used his name to create social media accounts and ascribe invented comments to him.
He revealed the number of instances where misinformed and malicious statements were attributed to him, including rumours that his son died on a movie set.
The actor disclosed this in an interview published by Punch News on Saturday, August 13, 2016, where he mentioned that he has numerous Facebook and Twitter accounts to his name.
“Right now, I’m watching football in my house, but as I speak to you, some people are posting on Facebook or Twitter, using my name and picture.”
“It’s either they are talking about politics, state of the nation, ascribing series of proverbs to me or using my name to counsel people about marriage.”
“Someone asked me how I had time to put plenty proverbs on Facebook. I told the person I wasn’t responsible for them and that I didn’t even have a Facebook account, and she couldn’t believe it.”
“Some people said I sat with Mourhino in one of the profile pictures and that I was telling him the gods were angry with him. Then, they posted another one that Buhari came to consult with me in my shrine.”
“From time to time, you would hear or read that Pete Edochie died in London or on location. In our culture, if people wish you dead, you’d attend the person’s funeral.”
“I’m satisfied with what life has given me. I don’t envy anybody and I don’t want to be anybody. I just want to be left alone as Pete Edochie.”
Other untrue stories attributed to Edochie include having a misunderstanding with Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who he claimed has no ties with him.
According to the actor, he has never been involved in politics, so comments linking him to Ekweremadu came as a shocking surprise.
“Somebody woke me up a few days ago and pointed my attention to what was written in my name about (Senator Ike) Ekweremadu.”
“I was surprised. I don’t know him neither do I have any issue with him. Again, few days ago, it was also posted that Federal Government needed me for something. All the nonsense people write about me, I’m not happy about it.”
“I’m not a politician, and I am not the only actor in this country. Throughout the campaign during the last general election, I didn’t campaign for anybody, yet on the social media you see people using my name to express support for one candidate or the other.”
The “Narrow Escape” actor is also not impressed about the fact that those who use his name to perpetrate the act of impersonation have poor grammar skills.
“I speak very good English, and those posting those things in my name write in the way I can never write. That is the saving grace.”
“Just recently, someone informed me that he saw somewhere in my name that I wrote on one of these platforms that people should come and pay N50,000, as according to them, I was organising a programme. What programme?”
The actor has quite a list of experiences related to such cases and has revealed his dissatisfaction concerning them. Unfortunately, no matter his amount of silence, controversies always seem to find him.
In 2009, Edochie was reportedly kidnapped by a man namedJames Philip while making his way from Los Angeles, USA, back to Nigeria.
He was held for just a day before his release.