Rave of the moment, Iyanya is allegedly wanted by the Nigerian Police, in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, in connection with the case of fraud brought against him by popular show organiser, Opa Williams.
Iyanya has however denied he is wanted by the police; muttering on phone “Don’t mind them, I am in Abuja,” Showtime reports.
According to reports, Iyanya’s manager, Ubi-Franklin Ekpong is currently under arrest at Mile 3 Police Division,in the Garden city.
Opa Williams, the producer of Nigeria’s foremost comedy show, ‘Nite of a Thousand Laughs’ reported Iyanya to the police for allegedly collecting N1.7 million from him being payment for the singer’s performance at ‘Nite of a Thousand Laughs’ shows which held in Benin and Port Harcourt few days ago, but the Afro hip hop act never showed up at any of the shows.
Sources say Williams was angered by the fact that Iyanya was in Port Harcourt ahead of the show on Monday, but he was just nowhere to be found minutes later with his cell phones out of reach.
“He has caused me a lot of embarrassment, as people who paid to come and watch him went home disappointed. For 17 years, we have been organizing Nite of A Thousand Laughs and we have built a large followership, I will not allow anybody to destroy the credibility we have as people who deliver on their promises. That’s why we are going to pursue this case (legally) to a logical conclusion and ensure this is the last time Iyanya would do this to anybody.” Williams stated.
“When Iyanya failed to show up at Benin edition, which held on December 26, he called to apologise, promising however to make it up with the Port-Harcourt and Bonny shows. But again, he did not keep to his word,” Williams added.
Sources say Iyanya’s non-appearance was deliberate, as he performed earlier at another show which held the same day in Port-Harcourt and featured Timaya.
“We are aware of the issue between Opa Williams and hip hop act, Iyanya. The parties are at the moment at Mile 3 Police Division in Port Harcourt. Our client has informed us he is seeking redress in court. However, there are moves to resolve the matter amicably. It is sad that Iyanya would behave in such an unprofessional manner, but then, the police are handling the matter well,” Williams’ media Company, Media Image Managers said.