In a statement released exclusively to NET, Storm admits Naeto was approached by the FBS Entertainment body represented by one Muhammad Nura for the July 18 show although the said promoter did not have a direct conversation with the rapper regarding the subject.
We’re told communication was made through a certain DJ Fresh. Storm says Naeto C actually made the trip to Abuja to fulfill his end of the agreement subject to receiving full payment for the said event a day before or on the date of the engagement.
‘When it became apparent on the day of the show that the promoters were not forthcoming with the balance, our client declined to grace the show with his presence especially as he had held up his end of the bargain regardless of the fact that the show was three days to his wedding’, Platonique PR, the label’s publicists said.
Storm most significantly says the signature on the agreement document is not Naeto C’s and that ‘the act of forgery is not only distasteful, but criminal’.
And as to why the N400,000 initial payment has not been refunded, Storm says:
‘A show promoter is liable to forfeit any money
deposited to book an artiste for a particular date if the promoter fails to complete payment before the stipulated time for the performance and the artiste is permitted to walk away from the arrangement’.
This is standard practice in entertainment all over the world because artiste will decline all other approaches by prospective clients once a party makes a commitment by way of an initial deposit’.
Storm says they will ‘explore all options made available to us within legal bounds of the constitution of Nigeria, including suing for fraudulent practices (forgery of signature) and defamation of character’ if the ‘false claims’ and accusations are not retracted and a letter of apology issued.