Ugandan Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Wizkid and His Manager
An entertainment agency in Uganda, Face TV, through its lawyer, Fred Muwema, has obtained a warrant of arrest for Wizkid after the superstar singer allegedly failed to honour a US$60,000 contractual obligations to perform at a concert in Uganda on December 3.
The warrant was issued by the Buganda Road Court and has directed that the International Police (Interpol) and Uganda Police should arrest Wizkid.
The warrant issued for the singer’s arrest reads, “To: Any police officer, Uganda police force/international police (Interpol). Whereas Sunday of Lagos Nigeria. Stands charged with the offence of; C1: Obtaining money by false pretence contrary to section 305 of the penal code act. C11: cheating contrary to section 307 of the penal code act. You are hereby directed to arrest the said Sunday Are and produce him before me on or before the 16th day of January 2017.”
Magistrate Baligeya Moses Mufumbiro was the one who issued the warrant.
While explaining what transpired, Muwema stated that Wizkid’s manager Sunday Are was paid the full performance fee which amounted to $60,000, a brokerage fee of $5,000 and $3,000 as per diem for the days Wizkid’s group was going to stay in Uganda.
He also stated that his client also incurred some other expenses which grossed over $300,000 and that amount included substantial expenses in booking and re-booking flights, hotel, venue, advertising and promotions for the concert.
He also stated that over 25,000 Ugandans have already paid for tickets in advance for the concert. Wizkid and his team did not show up for the concert despite assurances which were made up to the very last minute.