In a startling development, renowned Nigerian filmmaker and producer Zeb Ejiro, popularly known as the “movie sheik,” has been accused by AUSO Christian Global Analytic of allegedly hijacking a business and properties belonging to its entertainment arm, AUSO Entertainment Studios. The accusations surfaced after it was revealed that Ejiro had taken control of the studio, leaving its owner, Mr. Anthony Ubaka, in a state of disbelief.
AUSO Entertainment Studios, an S-corporation based in the United States, is owned by Mr. Ubaka, a Nigerian citizen residing in the US.
Seeking assistance in launching and promoting the studio in Lagos, Mr. Ubaka approached Zeb Ejiro, hoping to leverage his industry expertise and connections. However, to Mr. Ubaka’s dismay, Ejiro allegedly took advantage of the situation and seized control of the business.
The motives behind Ejiro’s actions remain unknown, as attempts to reach him have proven fruitless thus far.
In an interview with the Independent, Ejiro boldly claimed ownership of the business, citing the expansion of his professional portfolio with the newly established AUSO Entertainment Studios in Surulere, Lagos, in passive terms.
This is a serious allegation of fraud levied against Ejiro by AUSO Entertainment, who claim that he unlawfully acquired the company’s equipment and is currently utilizing them for his personal movie projects. Evidence substantiating the ownership claims has reportedly been compiled by the company’s legal representatives, secretaries, and the Nigerian police in Lagos.
Eyewitness testimonies have shed light on the matter, with several witnesses asserting that the equipment in question indeed belongs to AUSO Entertainment Studios. Allegations suggest that Ejiro refused to allow the company to relocate the equipment to its new facility, opting instead to retain possession and employ it for his own gain.
The accusations leveled against Zeb Ejiro have sent shockwaves throughout the Nigerian Movie and Entertainment Industry. As this complex legal battle unfolds, industry professionals and stakeholders eagerly await further developments to determine the veracity of the claims made against the acclaimed filmmaker.
Meanwhile, the future of AUSO Entertainment Studios and the resolution of this dispute remains uncertain, pending a thorough investigation into the matter.
The implications of this case go beyond the immediate parties involved, as it raises important questions about business ethics and the protection of intellectual property within the Nigerian entertainment landscape. As the story continues to unfold, it serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by entrepreneurs and artists in safeguarding their creations and investments in an ever-evolving industry.