Starboi act, Ayodeji Balogun Wizkid has revealed that he is battling two fraud cases in the United States caused by impersonators.
According to the singer, he remains grateful to the Lagos State police command for redeeming his image before his international clients and arresting the 19-year-old fraudster and her gang who ripped prospective clients abroad of their hard earned money.
The pop star said: “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.”
Speaking on how the fraudsters’ actions are affecting his career, the pop singer said:
“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. The 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 Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni revealed that the female undergraduate had been posing as Wizkid on social media for long and that the teenager was allegedly 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.
Wizkid reported the case to the Lagos state police command complaining that someone was impersonating him and duping unsuspecting persons and the police swung into action.
The suspect opened a Facebook account in Wizkid’s name and displayed the artist picture. She started chatting with friends on Facebook, pretending to be Wizkid.