Singer Davido and crew robbed of Ksh19 million at gunpoint

Davido on January 21 signed a $1million (Ksh103 million) global deal with Sony Music Entertainment at their headquarters in New York PHOTO/COURTESY

Award-winning Nigerian singer David Adedeji Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, was on Friday robbed at Greyston Shopping Center, Moloko Hotel Junction in South Africa (SA) shortly after landing in the country.

Davido was in the company of his manager Kamal Ajiboye and businessman Chidi Okeke when the unfortunate incident happened.

Mr Ajiboye narrated to Nigeria’s NET how the robbery took place.

“We had just arrived in South Africa yesterday (Friday) evening, so we stopped at a traffic light, next thing, they crossed us and two of them came out with guns and they used their guns to smash our glass windows.”

The robbers stole from them money, expensive watches, jewelry and passports.

“They took my bag pack, I had USD45,000 (Ksh4.6 million) and David had USD60,000 (Ksh6.2 million). We were also with the CEO of Mcomm Solution Chidi Okeke who also had USD80,000 (Ksh8.2 million) on him,” said Kamal.

Davido’s manager added that being robbed in SA was something they did not foresee.

“You know, we travel all the time with different currencies, so taking our bags is the least we expected.”

Mr Ajiboye stated that the incident traumatised them.

“I am in pain, I am still shocked, they hit my leg with the guns, we just thank God for our lives, that we are all okay for now,” he stated.

The three were however left unhurt.

“Thank God for my life. If it were not for him, it would have been a different story,” Davido tweeted, adding: “My daughter’s face was flashing through my eyes the whole time.”

This was not the first case of Nigerian artistes being robbed in South Africa.

In July 2015, Okeke and others, including a popular producer, were robbed at gunpoint while using automated cash points.

Sources say Police are investigating the incident.

The Skelewu singer is in South Africa ahead of his performance at the ‘African Music Concert’ slated for November 21, 2015.

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