After being called out on social media for allegedly being involved in a N4.3million scam, actor Saidi Balogun has chosen to speak up and clear the air.
You will recall that he was called out by actress, Tayo Sobola aka Sotayo Gaga for introducing her to
Also confirming the account, actor Mustapha Sholagbade disclosed that Tayo was duped of over N4.3milion while he was duped of about N500, 000.
Reacting moments ago in a detailed press statement, actor Saidi Balogun had this to say:
I want to address the issue attempting to drag my name in the mud of social media. I would have ignored the matter but I realized that keeping quiet would further fuel the misconceptions and put me in a bad light.
Firstly, I wasn’t involved in any scam rather, I’m equally a victim. This is not a decision to hate or indict anyone but to clear things up.
A man named IDRIS BELLO came to me a few weeks ago and introduced a Hajj trip package. I wasn’t interested initially until he showed me a copy of my colleague IBRAHEEM CHATTA’S advert which he has been doing for his company. I was convinced knowing how well Chatta is very versed on religion and Islamic matters, so I decided to give it a shot but i didnt record any Visual and radio jingle for him except my picture that he used on his flyers.
A few days later, he pleaded with tears in
his eyes that I should get some of my junior colleagues in the industry
to buy into the traveling packages, he further explained that he had
invested 20million naira already on the project and he was running into a
His story seemed convincing, so I decided to encourage him by introducing MUSTAPHA SHOLAGBADE (versed in Islam)and SHOTAYO SHOGBOLA to his package.
During his birthday at Oriental hotels, VI, where he proposed to his fiancee in the presence of my self Lateef Oladimeji, Ibraheem Charter, Shotayo, Mustapha. The gathering gave me a total conviction that the man is up to the task. I felt that if
Before I knew it he had collected money from these people, he equally collected two hundred thousand
The two people came to me that they had no money for
After I had
Along the line, Shotayo
So, we set two options for
Mustapha Sholagbada told me Sotayo had reported the matter to the police and she had collected a letter from Higher Authorities, which make me at peace that all is in control,
And each time Shotayo reports me to people, I
I was totally alarmed to see my name being dragged on social media for sins I never committed.
When has it become a crime to make a referral for colleagues? When we know that referral is the life wire of entertainers.
My intention for bringing my colleagues on board was clear and noble as I never knew it would end this way.
Am very inquisitive about this, If everything went well,will I have the same accolades on social media like this ?
Nevertheless, necessary investigations are still going on and we will alert the public as things unfold.
I will advise the public to beware of fake journalists who for their selfish interests do copy and paste without proper investigation. Only God knows how many lives and career have been ruined to such a heinous act.
In God I trust!