By BENJAMIN NJOKU
Weeks after an impostor who claimed to be the talented singer, Ayo Balogun popularly known as Wizkid defrauded students of the University of Lagos (Unilag) of the sum of N500,000,00 as full payment for a show tagged “ Concert for Life”, the ugly incident has repeated itself.
This time around, the victims are not Unilag students, but an Owerri,Imo State-based businessman, Chief Chukwudi Ofoha. He is the CEO of Ibari Ogwa, a popular hangout located in the World Bank area of Owerri.
Showtime gathered that the impostor who claimed to be Wizkid was contracted by one Mr. Ugochukwu Favour Mayor on behalf of Chief Ofoha for a show at the hangout. The impostor is said to have charged the latter the sum of N1million. And in sealing the deal, an advance payment of N300,000,00 was allegedly paid into the impostor’s UBA account.
An insider told Showtime that shortly after the payment was made,the impostor switched off his cell phone, thereby raising the suspicion that he was not the real Wizkid.
Based on this development, the CEO of Ibari Ogwa is said to have arrested and detained Mr Mayor at the State CID in Owerri.
Meanwhile, a source who confirmed the development to Showtime during the week hinted that the impostor is still demanding for the balance of N700,000,00 from his victim.
According to the source, the Police are already investigating the matter. But series of efforts made at press time to contact Wizkid proved abortive
Last month, the hit-maker granted journalists an interview where he decried his continuous impersonation by fraudsters. Bugged by increasing complaints and reported incidents, Wizkid expressed worry that some bandits would go to any length to perpetrate evil acts and defraud innocent fans and customers. Interestingly,one of the impostors was recently nabbed in Lagos.