According to Nigerian entertainment Today, rapperÂ Naeto CÂ spent the recent Eid-El-Kabir holidays in Benin locked in a hotel room in an attempt to avoid the wrath of show from the organizers he had differences with.
According toÂ Ehiglad, organizers of the show, they had approached Naeto C last month to perform at a gig calledÂ Love Concert 3Â in Benin. The show which took place on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the very popular night club Hexagon, was headlined byÂ Terry GÂ and featured other Nigerian acts likeÂ Sound Sultan, GandokiandÂ Bovi.
A friend of the organizer of the show, Edo based entertainment bossÂ Andy BelloÂ said Naeto C settled for a performance fee of N500,000. In addition, his flight to and fro Benin was also to be taken care of. Bello says the performance fee was then paid in full.
Naeto C and two crew members landed in Benin on the day of the show and even tweeted about it. â€˜In Benin with the crew, Gandoki has kept me laughing 4 3hrs, my ribs are sore lolâ€™,Â Naeto CÂ tweeted.
It was time for the rapper to perform but he refused to leave his hotel room. “When the time came to perform, the rapper told us that he wouldnâ€™t step out of his room if he hadnâ€™t been paid the return ticket fees for him and his crew. In addition to that he also said that he wouldn’t be granting any interviews as that was not part of their initial agreement”, Andy Bello says. He also stated that they pleaded with Naeto C and a comedian popularly known as Gandoki offered to pay N50,000 to assist them but he turned it down. The show was forced to go on without Naeto C because all effort to get him to perform at the concert proved abortive.
A source who attended the show said Naeto C never showed up at the club. â€˜We partied till around 4AM, he never showed upâ€™.
The show ended a few minutes past 5AM and the organizers who were furious at this point marched towards the Wesley Hotel situated at No. 2 Aguele Street, Off Aikhionbare Street, G.R.A., Benin City, (a call was made to the official phone number gotten from the hotelâ€™s website and it was confirmed that Naeto indeed lodged there).
â€˜When we got there and tried gaining access to the rapperâ€™s hotel room, we met it locked. The hotel management confirmed the rapper and his crew were still inside the room and after a while, the organizers requested the hotel manager bring the master keyâ€™.
The manager of the hotelÂ Mr WesleyÂ brought the master key which was used to open the door. The organizers barged in and confronted Naeto. One of the organizers then slapped Naeto C. The rapper dazed, was said to have calmly replied “Iâ€™m a simple guy, letâ€™s try to work it out”.
Naeto C was then escorted by soldiers to a nearby ATM where he was asked to withdraw money in a bid to return the performance fee. We hear Gandoki also supported in paying back the money. The organizers have stated that Naeto C refunded the performance fee.
But it didnâ€™t end there as a another source stated that a colonel and few other soldiers later stormed the hotel, arresting the hotel manager the said Mr Wesley and the show organizer. It is believed that Naeto C had placed a call to some in high authority who in return sent the security operatives. How true this is, we canâ€™t really tell as at the time of this report.
Naeto then filed a complaint claiming he lost $6,000 and aÂ BlackBerry Bold 9900. we found out that the organizers were subsequently released on bail.
But one of the performers at the concert who would rather remain anonymous says the story is not entirely true. â€˜Yes Naeto C didnâ€™t perform but Iâ€™m not quite sure if he ever got paid N500,000 initially. And his money and phone were truly stolen. I witnessed what happened. They are lucky Naeto isnâ€™t suing themâ€™, the source says.
Speaking with Nigerian Entertainment Today, Naeto C whoâ€™s signed to Storm Records, says he has nothing to say about the matter. â€˜I canâ€™t disclose information because of the involvement of all other partiesâ€™.
Sound Sultan also refrained from many any comments. He told them to ask Naeto C himself.