3 Jun 2016

Meet Ifeoma Nelly, The 19-Year-Old Wizkid Impersonator That Has Duped People of Almost N13M

Ifeoma Nelly, a 200-level Industrial Chemistry student of Delta State University (DELSU) has been arrested for pretending to be Nigerian star singer, Wizkid.

Ms. Ifeoma who sports a low cut, talks and dresses like a man, was arrested two days ago. She posed as Wizkid, on social media and defrauded many people of over $65,000, equivalent of about N12.9m.

She was arrested when she came to Lagos to collect part payment of $25,000 from some Australians at a hotel in Lagos, so that Wizkid would go to Australia to perform. Before, she used to collect payments 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, not knowing that policemen had been planted in the hotel. Wizkid's manager, Mr. Sunday Are, said Ifeoma had been defrauding people for three years. His words: “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."

Are said they had to start refunding different victims when Ifeoma's nefarious activities became embarrassing. He added: “We have 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 Wikzid disappointed them. They'd say Wizkid and his manager collected money and didn’t come to perform. Meanwhile, we didn’t know about those shows.”

Are added that Ifeoma, not only used Wizkid’s name to open the Facebook accounts, but also used his name to register the phone she was using.  He said: “Whenever someone calls her or she calls someone, its Wizkid’s name that would show. True caller shows Wizkid."

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