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Saturday, January 12, 2013

King Sunny Ade reacts to his ex-guitarist drug arrest

King Sunny Ade's ex-guitarist, 62year old Fatoke Abiodun (left) was arrested on Tuesday January 1 2013 at MMIA with 1.575kg of cocaine as he attempted to leave Nigeria. Fatoke said he turned to drugs after he was unceremoniously retired in 2007 without severance pay after playing with KSA for 30 years. King Sunny Ade has finally reacted, saying his former guitarist was not a member of staff of his company but just a member of his band, who was not entitled to a severance pay. What he told Punch below...
I pay salaries to the members of staff of my company. As for my band members, we share money based on what we make at every show where we perform. I would first of all, remove the money for taxes, equipment we used and other stuff connected to the performance. Thereafter, the remaining money is shared among all of us. Before now, I advised my band members that we should have a common purse, where we should leave money for welfare. But they refused and insisted that everything should be shared.
If he and the others had agreed to my advice then, he wouldn’t have had any reason to say he didn’t get any severance allowance,”
See more after the cut...



On why he retired Abiodun, KSA says he changes his band members every three years in order to be current and follow the trend.

“But he worked for me for 30 years. Those who have even worked for me for two years are so well off now. How can he say he didn’t have anything after 30 years? Are those there now complaining?
“And to set the records straight, I didn’t sack him, he left on his own. We came back from an international show and he told me he wanted to start his own band and said I should assist him.
“Before I knew what was happening, he went to Ibadan with my guitar without my knowledge in order to start his own band. I told him to return my guitar and when he didn’t, I had to involve the police. That was how he left,” KSA added.

He said he had not seen Abiodun since he left his band in 2007.
“Anybody who is involved in any crime has it in him. It is not proper for anybody to say that it was a condition that led him to a crime. He was among those in the high category in my band. It is surprising that he claimed he had nothing. I have never seen or heard from him since he left my band.
“In the 30 years he worked for me, he never exhibited such criminal attitude. I am always concerned about the people travelling with me. I make sure we all travel light and get whatever we need for the performance in the country we are going.

“I have never seen cocaine. I don’t smoke, I don’t drink and we are always checked thoroughly at the airport here and at the airport over there,” he said.

Source: Punch

59 comments:

segunsd said...

KSA is an icon. He is one of the Nigerians worth emulating. Baba for life.

Osita Iheme (Pawpaw) is looking for a wife o. Right here on naijaPOSE

Ahdaisy Jayde said...

Anybody who commits crime, has it in them! True talk! Don't blame anybody, blame the devil and yourself...

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LPS said...

hmmm...sad!
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Anonymous said...

Thank you KSA for speaking up. How can this baba say he got nothing. If he had made it abroad with the coke will he bring up KSA's name?

BLOGLORD said...

all i can say is greed! he was too greedy! he wants everything. only am get 3 wives, only am work more than 3years up to 30years, only am carry drugs. bros! face the music.

Volt said...

Na wa o..you should try and help him out of this mess

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Good setting d records straight.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

dammyroja said...

How will. He have anything after 30yrs when he has squandered everything on 5 wives and concubines ,he failed to plan ahead like KSA said

★★PRINCE CHARMING™★★ said...

KSA need not clear his name on this sef, pushing drugs should never be an option, not withstanding what an employer did financially to you, that's the bottom line.

Anonymous said...

Y is he blaming KSA for his mistakes? Assuming his trip was successful, now he ll be rubbing shoulders wit KSA better still he ll invite KSA to come & play for him.May be when he was wit the band, he was one of the band boys dt carry women & boast around negleting wife & children, now the money has finish, looking for alternative. Lesson for us ALL.Mama B

Seun Bamisaye said...

what shameful act....greediness is a big problem to human race!

Anonymous said...

Shame

Mark Ibekwe said...

Oya oh we have heard the main story, so MR man were did u copy the act from na?

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Anonymous said...

Its sad indeed given his age to resort to drugs as his means of living.
Love your music KSA.Iam a polynesian/Melanesian but your music has come as far as the South Pacific xxxooo

Anonymous said...

Akoba adaba Olorun maje ka ri! abegi KSA no let any1 put sand sand fr ur garri...why bother? ... don diddy

Anonymous said...

Dis na Temptation

Queen Bee said...

The cocaine was to raise the money for starting the new band shei?...long hiss.I knew he was just a greedy old man!
KSA gud u cleared urself from this,d old man was seeking a pity party' at ur detriment.

Anonymous said...

KSA lies. U and Charles ur manager always give the band boys tokens and u always collect their passports after each trip so they won't run away. U always sack pple without informing them, U did same for all ur old hands. so pls spare us the lies. U that can't take care of ur kids! Esther ur daughter will always tell pple how most of the kids waylay u at ur performances to collect needed funds? Pls go gum body for chair.

Anonymous said...

Ole olojukokoro somebody. He should rot in jail.

elewade adegbenro said...

Choi someone's father...disgraced his famille

Gentle Meek said...

If we were to go into crimes because of hardship or lack, then almost every Nigerian would be a drug trafficker.People should know when the devil is knocking at the door.

Anonymous said...

Well.. Or mayb he is just carryin on frm whr baba(KSA) left off.. Just saying

Anonymous said...

Like d prodigal son......so sowie old man

Anonymous said...

Like d prodigal son......so sowie old man

Anonymous said...

#gbagaun.. Na greed, olodo

Anonymous said...

Shame

Lynna Jade said...

Hmmmmmmm! Greed!!!

pearl said...

@Ahdaizy U̶̲̥̅̊ knw i didnt get D̶̲̥̅̊α† part well wen i was reading Ȋ̝̊†̥ @Anyone D̶̲̥̅̊α† commits crime has Ȋ̝̊†̥ Ȋ̝̊̅Π dem! Not until U̶̲̥̅̊ repeated Ȋ̝̊†̥!

Thanks!

Nife said...

Its people like you who support crime. Helping out for what? I'm glad he was caught at MMA, if he was caught abroad he would have done additional damage to Nigeria. He should be severly punished, yeye old man who should be guiding young people

ladi said...

Even if he lies (KSA) andhe doesn't provide enuf for his kids and gives his band boys token.does that mean after 30years and when he eventually left...na cocaine remain? He was okay and happpy for 30yrs taken 3 wives....d anonymous u r a low life.d esther that is ur friend shld go look for her father,her mama wey wan die for celebrity head. Foolish individual typing rubbish. How many of his children has carried cocaine...u r just an ass.... Sunny ade njoy urself.a good name is better than all.

ladi said...

If he leaves d passport with dem,won't they actually run.and when u have travelled to us,uk,other countries in 3years or for 30years...isn't that enuf for an individual to plan his/her life? Dis 'anonymous'is a fool o.
30years of travels,marry 3wives and nothing to show for.

ladi said...

Get a life and think deep bfr u type.30yrs/3wives,token u said. Esther shld go ask her mama,how ksa impregnated her,she must v been a cheap low class and d man screwed her.she wan marry celeb. U r just empty that's all I can. Say.

Anonymous said...

Lmao....so is that aso egbejoda they are both wearing ?

Anonymous said...

Pls KSA, we know you are an icon, buh you all push drugs.. All of you.. Barrister, kollington,wasiu, actresses, actors.. This is real,and that's why they spend more money than they earn in drr proffession.. THEY ARE ALL DRUG PUSHERS.. End of story

Anonymous said...

He pushes drugs himself..

Anonymous said...

Liars!!! They all push drugs.

Anonymous said...

U re jst a bitter human being. Out of all d comments here, its only ur own that's different. Abi u re d greedy man's son/daughter? Park far abeg.

)o( said...

for christ sake why work with a man for donkey years, if he is not settling you well, why wait this long to move on, any ways, that is how u decided to write ur own story. Oh what a waste! The crime has been done prepare to do the time.

Victor said...

drug business is evil

Anonymous said...

I love my king sunny Adeniyi.

Anonymous said...

Lol see as u opened baba ksa yansh. U no good.

Anonymous said...

Hmm!! Strong story... But really there are many sides to this story.. what caught my eye is the comment by Anon January 12, 2013 9:45 PM.

What is wrong with most of these men is actually their lifestyle. KSA might also be guilty of it too (aldoe it will seem that he has more cash to back it up). It is not a new thing for all these rich yoruba men to spend their hard gotten wealth on women while forgetting to save and take care of their children. And such terrible acts follow. Even some of these musicians and band members are also peddling drugs to finance their lifestyle when the shows are not coming as much as they should.
And when you have a polygamous family, as a man you are on your own.

But when you have that one wife, you supported to make it like you, even when you are down (Lord willing) she will be able to help (but with the way some Nigerian women think) it might come with some abuses and shame. Maybe that's why these men to live their lives their own way.

In short just plan for tomorrow

ladi said...

If he leaves d passport with dem,won't they actually run.and when u have travelled to us,uk,other countries in 3years or for 30years...isn't that enuf for an individual to plan his/her life? Dis 'anonymous'is a fool o.
30years of travels,marry 3wives and nothing to show for.

Anonymous said...

How can KSA say he has never seen drugs, as if he does not put it in his instruments.

Anonymous said...

Am pretty sure ksa also pushes drug perhaps dis man tried 2 follow his master's steps but along the line he was snitched and am pretty sure ksa rattled him out... COMING 4rm A DRUG SPECIALIST

Anonymous said...

He probably collected your passports when you went abroad, so you wouldn't abscond. Sensible man.
Don't try to dirty the name of KSA here my friend, we know your type.
People need to learn that an employer can pay your wages but it is up to the employee to use those wages in a constructive manner and plan for their own future. They can't be relying on their employer to assist them other than the aforementioned, he has no obligation to do so. Plan ahead and learn to save some of what you earn for the rainy days.

Anonymous said...

Mr or Mrs story teller. So because he was givn tokens made him resorted to doing drugs. So if na u na money ritaul u go do becus ur employer nor pay u well.

Anonymous said...

he is a learner

sultana hala said...

wow such a nasty man trying to ruin someone else's reputation over his greed at that age he is involved in such nonsense he can be your employer but he wont also teach you how to manage your funds blame it on ur stupidity visit www.kjclothes.com

Anonymous said...

Lol!! KSA, God dey ya side..don't mind d old ma jare.

Anonymous said...

Who shuld help him out? Go cawi drugs den see if ur papa go help u out!

NAUGHTY CONFESSIONS OF NUBIAN KID said...

really sad at his age,learnt from reliable source that k.s.a always makes it a point of duty to make sure all his band boys invest their money and will check every year i am sure that informed his comment that the man's conscience will bear him out…
having said that irrespective of how nice,generous or liberal a leader is those who will be greedy and go off the rails will still do so

Anonymous said...

@ Ladi! Ur father is a fool. Can't the person state der opinion? If u know KSA well u won't say this shit. Oloriburuku Omo.

saheed said...

If he finks he have rigth to be compesated, nd KSA refuse to do so why cant he sue him to the court of law. he should be ashame of himself.

leo4life said...

The guy must have lived a reckless life without planning for the future; that's why he felt KSA left him high and dry. If the guy had succeeded in carrying the stuff, he would have been enjoying life by now. Probably married another young girl as the 4th or 5th wife and the girl would have said it is love & not money. Meanwhile the drug will eventually destroy people's lives. See what the same drug is doing to majek Fasek. Baba Face the music alone sir!

Anonymous said...

this is very funny..........

Anonymous said...

In as much as i don't support criminality, is high time our so called rich men realized is good to impact lives around them. Sunny Ade you don't av mouth as in, for a man to be with U for 30 years means he wz not a criminal naturally & he has direct or indirectly contributed to whatever fame U have today thru loyalty. As U said he took Ur guitar after telling U his intention to be independent & U arrested him is just crude/ How much is guitar for somebody who has spent better part of his life with U, of course U av already exposed him to people who captalised on his situation to enticed him with small money. I think is just good to know that success without benefactors apart from women U can sleep with is a failure. Thank GOD for the lives of new generation artist like AY, Davido & many others whose success is already influencing people around them. So sad for the man!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 11:32 is d dumbest,daftest, most stupid,idiotic,sensless,meaningless comment ever I'v ever seen in my entire life!!!AY,Davido?!!!!seriously!!!!Youneed to be flogged! Davido?!!!!seriously?!!!kai!

Anonymous said...

wat 're u guys sayin, check d date ds crime was commmtd, pple make nw yr resolutns, u knw. Besisde..............