Saturday, May 1, 2010

Students at war with Terry G.


There have been plenty rumours surrounding Terry G these past weeks. Was he really arrested, beaten up and detained by the Police? Was he involved in a car crash two days after his colleauge Dagrin passed?

NET investigations can now reveal that the rave singer-producer was actually arrested and detained, after failing to honour a performance engagement in the University of Benin, January.

As the poster and receipt above show, Terry was contracted to perform at a January 29, 2010 gig organised by the University’s Student Union Government.

But, after receiving an initial payment of N500, 000, the act and his crew reportedly failed to show up in Benin.

After repeatedly trying to get a refund from the singer’s management (including a sum of N68, 000 being cost of air tickets already purchased), Emike Cyril, the SUG Welfare Director tells NET they were left with no choice but to call in the Police.

Terry G was reportedly arrested and detained at the Oduduwa Police Division in GRA, Ikeja on Tuesday April 13, 2010. Sources say he was made to sign an undertaken promising to pay up the balance (including the full cost of the said show, totalling N1, 174, 000) by April 20.

Police PRO Frank Mba confirms to NET that the Police were called in to resolve the matter between Terry G and the UNIBEN SUG. ‘Since has was gentleman enough to accept his fault and agree to be responsible for the damages, we decided to let him go without locking him in a cell, after signing the undertaken.’ Mba told NET.

’He told us to get a bottle of Hennessey into every room booked for him and his four crew members and lied to us that he was on his way to the airport at 12:30pm and that he missed his flight. When we re-booked another flight with Arik, he still didn’t get on. We made several calls to his cell phone number to confirm his status at 4:30pm, but he wasn’t picking until the NANS president, Comrade Jude Imagwe called him with his phone and gave him an ultimatum to pay up for all the expenses in 48hours’ Emiko told NET in an interview last week.

Terry G was not available for comments, despite repeated visits by our reporter to his home and studio; and several phone calls to his mobile phones. But his PA, one Uche, claims ‘the matter has been resolved’.

According to Cyril Emiko, below are the conditions the National Association of Nigerian Students are asking Terry G and his managers to meet, in order to drop the case against him
He must pay the N1, 174, 000.00 for the whole expenses involved.
He will come to perform in UNIBEN without being paid a dime or transported by the Student Union Government.
He must go on national TV and apologize to the UNIBEN’s SUG and NANS.

Terry’s PA and Emiko confirmed to NET, last week, that the money transfer has been made (at First Bank, Fagba branch in Lagos). ‘But all other conditions still stand’ Emiko insists. ’he said he is sending some people in for a meeting to review the conditions. He doesn’t want to come to perform in UNIBEN, but if he does not, he will be hearing from our lawyer.’