– Finally Wizkid’s impersonator Ifeoma Nelly arrested in Lagos
– Ifeoma was identified to be a 19-year old girl and has duped many of clients both home and abroad – Wizkid’s manager Sunday Are revealed all how she was arrested
A 19-year old lady identified as Ifeoma Nelly. has just being arrested by the Lagos State Police Command, for impersonating Wizkid on the social media and duping many people of over @65,000 (N12.9million). She is said to be a student of Industrial Chemistry at the Delta State University. Ifeoma Nelly was reported to have been arrested through the combined efforts of Wizkid’s Manager, Mr. Sunday Are, policemen from Lagos and an Australian. She was arrested when she came to Lagos to collect part payment of $25,000 from some Australians in an, so that Wizkid would go to Australia to perform. In a recent report filed by a promoting agency Humble Entertainment, they blasted the Ojuelegba crooner for failing to perform at their event despite being paid saying: “Despite going through all the necessary requirements to book Wizkid which included signing a contract and paying the required fee, we have been let down by the booking/management parties.”
On hearing the accusation levied against him, Wizkid’s manager in Nigeria Sunday Are replied the report by denying any form of contact with the Humble Entertainment but immediately informed the commissioner of police that someone has been impersonating his client and duping people. Narrating how she was arrested by men of the Nigerian police force, Kemi Filani disclosed that: “Before the suspect used to collect payment via electronic, but because she was desperate to get her hands on the $25,000, she decided to brave meeting the Australian. She came in company with two friends, a lady and a guy. She did not know that policemen had been planted in the hotel. When she walked into the hotel with her friends, thinking she was on the verge of meeting the Australian and sailing away $25,000, she walked into the waiting arms of policemen and Are.”
Speaking on how Ifeoma has duped a lot of people, Wizkid’s manager Sunday Are narrated their ordeal revealing that: “She has collected money from different people. If you don’t have evidence against her, she would deny it. But if you show her evidence, she would tell you the truth. There was the case of the $53,000, which we had to refund to the owner. She confirmed that she was the one who collected it. There was another payment of $12,500 from Germany. The Germany people sent details of how they paid the money to her. She couldn’t deny it. We had been having problems with different clients because of this. We keep refunding all the money. It was an issue. When it became serious, we had to refund the money to victims. Some people will just go, write in papers that Wizkid disappointed them. They would say Wizkid and his manager collected money and didn’t come to perform.” He further went on to explain how Ifeoma had opened a fake Facebook account using Wizkid’s name, using his name to register her phone no and how she was arrested. Sunday Are said: “Whenever someone calls her or she calls someone, its Wizkid’s name that would show. True caller shows Wizkid. We need everybody to help us fight this. We have started working towards doing something about fake accounts.” They were there when he received a call from some people in Australia. The caller said he wanted to know if he was speaking with Sunday Are, Wizkid’s manager. The Australian said that he had been speaking with someone, pretending to be Are.
The Australian said that he had almost concluded negotiation for Wizkid to come to Australia to perform and was just about to pay $25,000 part payment, when he heard that Wizkid was in Zambia. The Australian said it was quite unlikely for Wizkid to be in Zambia, while his manager would be in Lagos. The Australian sourced Are’s phone number and called him. Sunday Are said: “They said someone wanted to collect money from them in Lagos, Nigeria, for Wizkid to come and perform. They now found out that I was in Zambia. They now wondered how possible it was for Wizkid’s manager to be in Zambia, while Wizkid was in Lagos. They managed to get my number and called me. I planned with them on how to make this arrest. I talked to them to convince the suspect to come and collect cash in a hotel in Lagos. That was how I managed to arrest her. “She came along with two friends. They were two ladies and a guy. She looked like a guy. It took us three to four hours before we could believe she was a lady. She wore native clothes and spotted low cut, like she is Sunday Are. She wore Rolex wrist watch. She bought clothes for the lady that came with her because that one said she didn’t have any clothes good enough to wear to come and collect the money. I planted policemen inside the hotel room. The people gave the lady an Australian number, saying the Australian didn’t have a Nigerian number. Everything looked genuine. The show was to be in Australia, the phone number was an Australian number and the man she was speaking with, was a white man. But the man was actually in Australia, directing them to come to the hotel to collect cash. They entered the room and we arrested them.”