Elizabeth Adeola Oshodi, the mother of Nigerian singer, Dammy Krane, has spoken up in defense of her son, insisting that he is innocent of the allegation of theft leveled against him.
It would be recalled that Dammy Krane had allegedly paid Tapjets (a private jet service company) with a stolen credit card for their service, leading to his arrest in Miami, United States, on Friday.
He was arraigned on a nine-count charge of grand theft and credit card forgery and is presently being held in jail at the Miami Dade County Corrections as he awaits to meet his bond requirement.
Reacting to his arrest, the singer’s mother claimed that her son’s flight ticket and hotel bookings were fraudulently purchased by a show promoter before he was arrested while trying to board the flight from Maimi to Washington.
In a statement she issued on her Facebook page, the mother of Dammy Krane said the singer will clear his name in court and advised all artistes to buy their ticket by themselves to avoid the occurrence of a similar incident.
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The statement reads:
“As an artiste, promoters book your hotel stays and often buy your destination tickets. It’s never once crossed our hearts as a performing entertainment family, to have to verify that the sources of bookings are legitimate.
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“And please, keep in mind that we’ve been in the industry for almost 15 years. Then came the unfortunate past Friday, when Dammy Krane got arrested trying to board a flight from Maimi to Washington: Maryland.
“His ticket and hotel bookings were fraudulently purchased by the next show promoter(s). And because of Dammy Krane’s fame, all accusatory hell, broke loose.
“We thank God for His goodness and the great spirit of truth. He will have his day in court to clear his name. He will give his personal press release shortly.
“I, however, have decided to speak up against insinuations of fraudulence and grand theft. Dammy is a truly gentle and honest citizen of our planet and remains a good ambassador for not just the music industry, but Nigeria as a whole.
“I also will like to seize this rare opportunity to warn all promoters, entertainers, the music industry, the performing arts world & all travel-prone individuals to, from now on;
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“Buy your tickets yourself.
“Ensure by prior verification that your ticket and hotel reservations match the purchaser’s info.
“How? By declining emergency arrangements that do not give up to 24 to 48 hours to allow you call the airlines and hotels for verifications.
“Remember to always give the option for promoters or show organizers to buy all bookings and must accompany with the booking profiles: the names used for bookings, and phone numbers must match your designated or named offers, or they will need to send the cash in their verifiable names to your business account.
“It hurts so bad that fellow Nigerians will do such a damaging act to another, knowing that the repercussions could be so devastating.
“We are aware of the implications at hand and pray for your faith in our purity, even as we beg for your patience to let the law take its’ course, before jumping to unfair conclusions.
“We remain humbly grateful for all the innumerable support and overwhelming show of love to his family.”