Few weeks ago, Cool FM’s OAP Daddy Freeze called out Brila FM’s presenter and host of Merrybet Celebrity fans challenge Kiibati Bankole, saying that she refused to pick his calls because she is owing him.
Well it seems, Kiibati has broken her silence over the debt accusation by Freeze in an open letter on Instagram.
Dear Mr. Freeze, I have tried to steer clear of your endless attempts at cyber bullying and casting aspersions at my image, but your most recent rants have left me no choice but to respond to your allegations. My friends know that unlike you, I do not engage in attention seeking stunts online or laundering my linen in public. I am a very private person, with a very small but closely knit circle of friends. I find your decision to take to social media to spout your allegations highly disappointing, considering your age (I assume you are close to 50 and are considered an ‘egbon’), and that you have both my phone numbers, know where my studio/office is and are in touch with many of our mutual colleagues in the broadcast industry. Now, you made some allegations that are ridiculous and blatantly false: The first was that I BEGGED you to ‘help me out’ by participating at my event- Celebrity FC on the 3rd of December. Now that claim is ridiculous. First of all, at the event, we had superstars like Olamide, Tuface Idibia, Awilo Longomba, Falz TheBahdGuy, Burna Boy, Peter of P Square, Humblesmith, just to name a few. The event had over 30 of Nigeria’s most beloved celebrities come together in the name of the beautiful game- football, and no disrespect intended Sir, but you do not match up to any of those guys in name or stature. I contacted you to ask you to help me invite your friend DJ Exclusive to the event, who we know is a staunch Manchester United fan and loved by many. While bargaining with you on his appearance fee, you gave me the condition that I must invite you as well. We had no plans to invite you because you did not fit the profile of the calibre of celebrities we invite. You however insisted and charged me the sum of N900,000 for you and DJ Exclusive to split. I found that odd, but felt I had no choice, since I really wanted Exclusive at the event. You asked me to send you a text message with the offer for you to show DJ Exclusive which I did. To spice up the deal, you offered to promote the event for two weeks on your show on Cool FM and asked me to send you a media partnership proposal which I did.
You came along to the event with an actor we hadn’t invited. You were drinking all kinds of Spirits began harrasing the stage manager to let you go on stage and play. The stage manager concluded by your harassment that you were just being a passionate football fan and eventually let you go on stage to play with the celebrity friend you brought to the event. At no point did I ‘contract’ you to be at the show as you have widely claimed, unless the word ‘contract’ has taken on a different meaning. The second false claim you made was that you tried to call me for a month and I wasn’t picking your calls. This Sir is a blatant lie (or ‘alternative fact’ as Kellyanne Conway would say), as I travelled out of the country soon after the event and was away in Dubai for the Christmas and New year holidays and my phones were unreachable. My instagram posts in this period confirm this. I took the break to recuperate after the event and regain my mental and physical strength. I was away for over 3 weeks, so you couldn’t have been calling me all this while, as you claim. As soon as I landed after my trip, you began to call my phone. You called me two or three times, and I didn’t pick your calls because I was still settling down, following my trip; but imagine my surprise when two days later you took to instagram to attack me. You did not send me a single text, email, direct message on Twitter or Instagram or reach out to me via members of my team but instead chose the cowardly way out with your subtle blackmail and cyber bullying. I understand that there is a recession in Nigeria at the moment and you may have been broke and desperate for some cash, but as a friend, I would have helped you with some cash if you had just done the decent thing by reaching out to me via text or by being patient for me to return your calls, which I would have after I settled down from my trip.