A TikTok user, Ego Okoye, who was arrested for making defamatory statements against actress Eniola Badmus, has said she defamed the actress because a friend, Fortune Ibe, promised to pay her N200,000.

Seen in a video clip apologising for her actions, Okoye said she needed the money to pay her house rent, adding that desperation pushed her into acting in such a manner.

Okoye said, “What happened was that a friend of mine, Fortune Ibe, said if I should come out and talk about Mrs Eniola Badmus, he was going to send me N200k because I told him about my rent.

“That was what prompted the video. I am so sorry; I just did that because I was desperate to pay my house rent. I just did it because of the money.”

Meanwhile, following Okoye’s arrest, Badmus had rejected pleas to settle the matter out of court as she insisted on charging her for maligning her hard-earned reputation.

Asked if she had ever done anything wrong to her, Okoye, in a terse response, said, “Nothing.”

Badmus added, “You just decided to spoil my name. Don’t worry; we are going to court. This is the girl who called me a professional pimp. Have I pimped you before? Your friend, where is she? You must provide her; don’t you have the friend again? She must come back; she will be your witness.”

One of the video clips had the insignia Eniola Badmus TV.

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