Wizkid Faces 11-Year Jail Term In Uganda
Nigerian pop star Wizkid has been issued an arrest warrant for cancelling off his Uganda concert.
The Nigerian pop star missed the show booked to happen on Saturday, December 3 at Lugogo Cricket Oval in Kampala.
He was not able fly into Uganda from USA because of ‘unavoidable conditions’ as per the coordinators.
‘Between 29th August 2016 and 29th November 2016, our client (Face TV) paid to Mr. Sunday Are, Wizkid’s manager the full performance fee of US$60,000, a brokerage fee of US$5,000 and US$3,000 being per diem for the days they were going to stay in Uganda,’ documents filed by the Chief Magistrates Court of Buganda detailed.
More than 25,000 Ugandans had paid for tickets in foresight of Africa’s greatest performer of 2016.
Coordinators of the concert, Face TV, made a criminal complaint against Wizkid and his manager vide Case No. 875 of 2016 on charges of:
1. Obtaining money by false pretenses, which carries a maximum sentence of five years
2. Cheating, which carries three years
3. Conspiracy to defraud which also carries a maximum of three years.
The court records additionally uncover that significant costs in booking and re-booking flights, lodging, event venue, publicizing and advertising for the show netted over $300,000 (over N144m).
Wizkid, who is tending to medical problems in the US, and his manager, Sunday Are, have been issued an arrest warrant to be produced in court at the very latest January 16, 2017.
On December 9, the “Ojuelegba” vocalist declared through Twitter he cancelled out his homecoming show because of health reasons.
‘I’ve been on the road for 2 years touring and doing what I love without a break,’ he said. ‘And now it’s all catching up on me.’’
The Starboy homecoming show was supposed to occur at Eko Convention Center on December 30, trailed by a show at the New Afrika Shrine on January 1, 2017.