By Rotimi Agbana
BY ROTIMI AGBANA
When dancehall music singer, Austin Ahmedu, a.k.a Blackface openly declared war on 2Baba during the week, many thought it was going to be a dramatic war of words; but the African Queen crooner proved himself a peace lover, as he kept radio silence on the matter.
However, in a statement made available to Potpourri, signed by Adejimi Oni, A&R/Operations Manager, NOW Muzik, 2Baba’s management company, 2Baba would not banter words with Blackface because the matter is already before the Lagos State High Court.
“Contrary to the position held in some quarters that our client, Innocent Idibia, AKA 2Baba has failed or refused to respond to the ridiculous accusations by Austin Ahmedu AKA Blackface, we would like to state that this is untrue. What 2Baba and our founder/CEO, Efe Omorogbe have done is refuse to create time to engage in an unproductive media banter with Blackface every time he wants to release new material.”
“Both 2Baba and Omorogbe have stated publicly that Blackface’s claims of song theft and media/live performance blacklisting are unfounded and malicious. Blackface has been advised to seek legal redress if he believes his claims are true and if not, cease and desist from making unsubstantiated defamatory public statements about both 2Baba and Omorogbe. Blackface’s refusal to file a suit or discontinue the defamation forced our lawyers to institute a defamation suit against him at the Lagos State High Court. His lawyers have entered a defense and the case is currently on-going.”
“2Baba and Omorogbe are confident that the court will handle the matter. They will not fuel a media trial by commenting on a case that is already before a competent court of law. The position advanced in a press statement issued on February 3, 2016 remains the same and no further response is deemed necessary.”