Friday, 15 November 2013
Convoy Murder Saga: Fuji music star Pasuma speaks out, disassociates himself from the recent killing of a fan
Fuji music star, Wasiu Alabi Pasuma has disassociated himself from the recent killing of a fan at one of his private gigs in Lagos.
In a statement made available through his manager, Afolabi Oyekoya, the Fuji star said the boy was killed by some policemen who chased him for “settlement” after he was leaving the venue of the party where he was engaged to perform.
According to him, he wasn’t aware of the incident until hours later when someone hinted him that a fan died after his show.
Pasuma’ statement reads: “On 24 October I had a show somewhere around idimu, Lagos and as usual there were quite a lot of people there. After my performance I made for my car after settling the area boys with a large sum of money. Definitely, I had to zoom off because I didn’t want them to mob me. I left the venue and drove straight to my house.
“Later that night, I heard that someone was killed at the show. I was surprised because people don’t fight at my shows. It was later that I got to know that the young man was killed by the policemen.
“I tried to get details of the incident and that was when I learnt one of the boys hung on to my car before I drove off. He was said to haven fallen off and started running after my car for reasons I don’t know. I didn’t even notice anyone was running after my car.
At the same time, the policemen were driving fast behind me to get more money from me and in the process the boy was knocked down by their vehicle. When the policemen caught up with me, I gave them money and they turned back. As at that time I was not even aware anything untoward had happened and I drove off.
“Later that night, I was informed that a boy was killed by the policemen and my manager Afolabi Oyekoya has been trying to get in touch with the deceased family. If those that reported the incident, did actually visit the police station or hospital the boy was taken to, they would have found out the truth.
“The question is: Did my car hit the boy? Did my car have any contact with the boy? Was I even aware of anything? The policemen were said to have taken the boy to the hospital or their station and had communicated with the family.”
The music star denied the reports that the policemen were part of his convoy.
“The truth is, they were never part of my convoy. I didn’t go to the show with any security except my bodyguards. I feel comfortable around area boys or whatsoever you choose to call them. I have no reason to move around with policemen. I didn’t hit anyone with my car, neither did any of my convoy,” Pasuma said.
He said he initially kept quiet when the story hit social media but was forced to issue the press statement so as to clear the air and stop some bloggers who are trying to make a mess of his name.
“Do we now live in a country where people believe they can just write something about you and get away with it? If I was truly involved in a murder case I would have been invited to the police station for questioning. Have I been asked to write a report at the police station? Have I been arrested? We are talking about someone’s life here?” the musician queried.
Meanwhile, Pasuma told P.M.NEWS that his management, AO21 Media, have been making efforts to reach the family of the deceased not because he was involved in the boy’s death but because the deceased was his fan.