Organisers of a funfair in Maiduguri which later turned violent, have given reasons why fans attacked an impersonator of a popular Hausa singer Aliyu Haidar known as Badman, in Maiduguri recently.
The Maiduguri Entepreneures Hub had invited the popular singer to a musical concert in Maiduguri to celebrate this year’s Eid-El Kabir Muslim festival, only to be disappointed when the person that came on stage to perform was discovered to be an impostor, even though tickets had already been bought for the show by hundreds of fans.
Speaking to Daily Correspondents in Maiduguri on Monday, on what actually transpired on Sallah day, Chief Executive Officer of Maiduguri Enterpreneurs Hub, Amina Tijjani Ibrahim, organiser of the programme, said they were all decieved by Badman’s manager, one Mallah Sherrif, who was suppose to pick the artist from the airport and prepare him for the show, but instead brought in a fake artist after realizing that the real singer had missed his flight to Maiduguri.
Mrs Ibrahim, who was visibly bitter about the embarrassment the incident had caused her, however, said that the manager had confessed to committing such blunder of bringing in a fake person to perform in the concert which led to chaos.
Explaining further, she said, “Nobody followed the manager to the airport, we were very busy trying to put things in order and because we trusted that he was Haidar’s manager, we did not doubt him. We were later told that Badman missed his flight but no one told us.
“He was supposed to tell us that Badman was not coming, but because he saw that we were very busy and the fans were already overwhelmed so he felt he wouldn’t want to disappoint them. So he went and shopped for an artist who was a look-alike of the artist and brought him on stage.
“He thereafter called me and told me that this was Badman. He was dressed in a face-cap and was behaving like the real artist. I was taking his video while he was performing without realising he was fake. It was after he was performing his third song that someone jumped on stage and said, ‘please stop decieving us, this is not Badman.’
“People then started shouting and screaming. I quickly went on stage and removed his face-cap when I realised he was fake. We quickly went into hiding. We later went to interrogate his manager who apologized for everything,” she said.
Daily Correspondents gathered that the Yola-born singer, who is a popular artist currently making waves in the city of Abuja was expected to perform his favourite hit song, “You for Me” under his record label Master Record, but was unable to make it to the concert in Maiduguri on Sallah Day due to a delay in his flight, leading to chaos among his fans.
It was learnt that when Mr Sherrif could not succumb to the pressure from the fans and the organisers, whom he had kept their expectations high, he decided to clone an artist who was sent on stage to pretend he was Mr Badman.
By then, Mr Badman had already taken to the social media to announce he was already in Maiduguri.
Trouble, however, started when as majority of the audience who were already clapping and cheering in an effort to encourage a lacklustre performance from Mr. Badman’s look-alike, while performing on the stage, suddenly realised that they had all along been taken for a ride when one of the fans who was very close to the artist in Abuja, jumped on stage and said the artist was fake.
Consequently, things took a turn for the worse, when the angry fans mounted the podium to demand for the real Badman. They booed at the fake artist and the organisers until they were whisked out of the venue by security personnel.
The fans immediately took to the street of the Old GRA in Maiduguri to attack the vehicle conveying the supposed celebrity.
Videos and pictures immediately spread on social media, showing angry fans damaging property at the event.
It took the intervention of security personnel at the scene to rescue the artist from being lynched.
El-yakub Umar, one of the fans, who was chanting “bamaso” which literary means in Hausa, “we don’t want”, blamed the organisers for not keeping to their promises.
Umar lamented that the worst thing an artist would do to their fans was to decieve them.
“We came here only to show some love to our favourite Super-star but only to realise that he was fake,” he told Daily Correspondents in Maiduguri.
Binta Isa, a female fan, also said the artist spoilt her day completely for not showing up in the concert.
Isa said, “Why can’t he (Badman) come out boldly and tell his fans that he couldn’t make it, rather than deceiving us on social media that he was already in Maiduguri.”
She said that everything turned violent and some policemen had to shoot in the air just to calm the crowd.
Mansuf Bamai, another fan, blamed the Manager for the whole of the mixup.
He said, “The manager simply lied to everyone about the whereabout of the artist and equally presented an imposter to swindle the people.”
Bamai said that this act alone was a criminal act aimed at robbing the good people of Borno state.
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However, Chief Executive Officer of Maiduguri Enterpreneurs Hub, Amina Tijjani Ibrahim, said her organisation later contacted Badman who apologised to his fans and promised to come to the concert with LIL Kesh, a Lagos-based Nigerian singer, rapper and songwriter to compensate the fans.
“After the story was narrated to LIL Kesh, he then offered to come to Maiduguri and perform for free.
“Badman also made a mistake by misdirecting his fans when he said he was already in Maiduguri, this I later learnt was because his fans were pressurising him on his social media handle.
“We later picked the two artists who came in two separate flights and staged a new concert at the city star where they both performed and thrilled their fans,” she said.
On the alleged abusive comments by Badman to his Borno fans, Ms Ibrahim said that the artist was only teasing his fans when he said that the fans were not clever enough only to be decieved or swindled by a cloned artist.
“The statement he made in Hausa was ‘Mutanen Borno Bawayo, har wani zaizo yachemuku ni shine kuma kuyarda’. You know how the Fulani and Kanuri joke. And he was only saying this to his friend, son of the Shehu of Borno. But not with the intention to humiliate his fans.”
Our correspondent learnt that the whole show was a Funfair organised by the Maiduguri Enterpreneurs Hub with the aim of promoting peace and unity as well as harnessing potentials of the youths through skills that would add positive value to their lives.