For some time now, fans of singer, Oyindamola Johnson Emmanuel, aka Dammy Krane, had been bemoaning his absence from the music scene and were eagerly expecting him to return to the stage with a big bang. This is because Krane came into the industry at about the same time with Wizkid and Davido, and many industry pundits had predicted that the trio would shine in equal proportions. However, while Davido and Wizkid are the biggest artistes in Africa at the moment, Dammy cannot even lay claim to being relevant in the Nigerian music industry. And definitely, this is not the type of comeback his fans were expecting of him.
The dark-skinned singer was reportedly arrested on Friday for grand theft and credit card fraud in the US after he allegedly used stolen credit card details to book a jet for a trip to Miami from a private jet leasing company, Tap Jets. No sooner had the story surfaced online than it was followed by the Amin singer’s mug shots. He was reportedly arrested in company with another Nigerian, Chukwuebuka Gabriel Ilochonwu.
The charge sheet, which has since gone viral on the Internet, listed Krane’s crimes as ‘Grand Theft 3rd Degree/Armed/Conspiracy/Credit Card Forgery/Intent to Defraud.’
Sunday Scoop sought to ascertain from insiders close to the embattled singer what the true story is. According to one of Dammy’s aunties, who lives in the US and who pleaded for her identity to be shielded, he was only a victim of circumstance.
She stated, “We don’t stay in the same state over here but Dammy came to visit me just last week. I got the news of his detention on the Internet just like everybody else. After making some calls, I was able to confirm that he was indeed arrested. He has been in the US for some time now and he has regularly been booked for shows all across America. The guy he was arrested with had actually booked him for a show this weekend in Miami. And he (Chukwuebuka) was the one that paid for the jet and made hotel reservations with the stolen card details.”
Speaking further, she said, “You know it is a usual thing for show promoters to book flight tickets for artistes, so one cannot blame Dammy in this situation. A lawyer has already been contacted but unfortunately, Dammy would have to stay in jail till Monday when they would be able to go to court to perfect bail conditions.”
However, this is contrary to the prevailing views on social media, with many Nigerians lambasting Krane for trying to live and portray a lifestyle above his means. The singer had recently been posting pictures of himself eating, drinking and dancing on different private jet trips in the US.
Meanwhile, it is not certain what the status of the contract Dammy allegedly has with Davido’s DMW record label is. Ever since his sign-in to the label was announced last year, Dammy has not released any material and Davido, or any of DMW’s artistes, haven’t mentioned Krane or featured him in any of their songs or videos. However, David later took to his Snapchat account on Saturday to post, “Free Dammy Krane. God’s got you.”
Calls put through to Dammy’s mother were not answered as of the time of filing this report.