Kelly Hansome released the remix of a song originally recorded by 2face and D’banj called “I’m feeling good” a couple weeks ago. Little did “Mr. Maga” know that his remix would land him in the police net and also have him issue an apology to the people he has dissed on records time and time again; Mo-Hits.
The Statement taken at the police station has been floating around on the web and has got social media buzzing hard.
“Yesterday Monday 24th October 2011, at the Garki Police Command Headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force, one Kelechi Obinna Orji, also known as “kelly hansome” was brought in to the said Station and taken into custody and remanded on bail in the sum of eight hundred thousand Naira (N800,000.00) concerning, among other things, his admitted willful infringement of the intellectual property rights (copyright) of Mo’Hits Records Limited.
He signed an Undertaking and Apology in favour of the said Mo’Hits Records at about 4p.m., witnessed by several police officers (including Chief Superintendent Victor Erivwode, the Divisional Police Officer). A scan of the said Undertaking is attached to this email. He undertook to refrain from further use of Mo’Hits Recprds Limited’s material, released or unreleased, and offered profuse apologies to Mo’Hits Records Limited. He also appeared to be convincingly remorseful to everyone at the Station, including the extremely distraught father of his equally embarrassed friend mr Rex in Abuja.
The Police Station was attended by the said kelly hansome and his advisers and counsel for his part, and by representatives and counsel for Mo’Hits Records Limited.”
Kelly also wrote an undertaking promising to desist from using Mo-Hits material.
Apparently this is not the first time, Uncle Kelly is issuing such an apology, check out the apology he made to Kennis Music last year.
When did artistes start arresting themselves for sampling music in Nigeria? Is this a welcome development in the right direction or did Mo-Hits go too far this time? Maybe they just want to punish him for spelling his name wrong. Let me know your thoughts.