Popular pop star, Ayodeji Balogun, a.k.a. Wizkid, has commended the
Lagos State police command for redeeming his image before his
international clients and arresting a 19-year-old fraudster who ripped
prospective clients abroad of their hard earned money.
“I am very
thankful to the Nigeria police for what they did for me. The case has
been going on for a while now, I thank God we have been able to arrest
one of the suspects. We would pursue this case to the court and ensure
we get justice.
“The actions of these fraudsters have affected my
business worldwide. I still have two cases pending in New York, United
States now. There was a particular case of a $45,000 that was collected
from a promoter in USA by these fraudsters using my name. There is
another case of $25,000.
I am happy my name is being cleared and I want justice.
situation has affected me psychologically because I was being accused
of taking money I knew nothing about. The press also did not believe me
so that dampened my morale,” the singer said.
The Lagos State
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, few weeks ago revealed that a
19-year-old girl, who for long had been posing as Wizkid on social
media, had been arrested.
The teenager was said to have duped
many people, including students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG)
before she was arrested. Among her victims were two people living
overseas. The money was over $53,000, equivalent of about N10.4 million.
to Owoseni, the suspect, who is a student of one of the universities in
the country, was arrested after Wizkid reported the case to the police
command complaining that someone was impersonating him and duping
The suspect opened a Facebook account in
Wizkid’s name and displayed the artiste picture. She started chatting
with friends on Facebook, pretending to be Wizkid.