Arrest: Timaya denies absconding after accident, says reports false, misleading

Lagos—Popular Nigerian singer, Timaya has described the trending story of him absconding after hitting a lady’s car with his car as false and misleading.

In a statement obtained by, the singer posited that on his way driving through traffic along House on the Rock road at Ikate, a lady walked up to his car and knocked on his window and later held on to his side mirror while insisting that he had scratched & damaged her car.

According to him, “I wound down the window to hear her out and asked her if we could at least leave the road in order to avoid a scene which she blatantly refused.

“She insisted that we couldn’t move from the spot as she held onto the side mirror. I asked her for her information so we could leave the road and resolve matters appropriately, but she refused to give her number or collect mine.”

Timaya revealed that the lady insisted that he makes a payment for damages immediately.

He stated that the scene got more dangerous as 4-5 boys started to gather around his car, which made him more concerned and worried as he hadn’t even seen the damage done.

The statement reads;

“I started to doubt the whole scenario, so I drove off to avoid being mobbed and did not notice immediately that the lady had held on to my side mirror as I drove off.

“After leaving the scene, I got information that the lady had been injured as I drove off, and had been rushed to the health center. I had people rush down to the scene immediately, after searching we traced her to General Hospital, Lagos Island.

“My team reached out through various channels and were eventually able to reach her sister directly who gave us the actual location of the hospital she had been admitted into. My team members were there as quickly as possible to meet with her and her family, and stayed with them till midnight when she was discharged from the hospital.

“I couldn’t be there in person yesterday as I had an engagement in Ogun State which I had left for.

“Just to add that after members of my team had left the hospital, I had sent an emissary to the family home to see her husband that same night. My emissary discussed at length with her husband and conveyed my sincere remorse on the incident and I promised to come see him early the next day.

“My emissary pleaded with her husband to give me the chance to elaborately express how sorry I was about how things played out and to take care of things and do the needful in a situation like this. On my way from Ogun state, I stopped at the hospital but she had been discharged, I also tried to stop by her house but could not see anyone because it was too late.

“Early this morning around 7 am, we went to the lady’s house. When I got to the house, I met with her husband and we got into lengthy pleas and talks. After the meeting with her husband, we were met with police officers outside the compound who invited us to the station and of course, we cooperated and are still co-operating with them.

“I sympathize with the lady and I wish the events had played out differently. Under no
circumstances would I intentionally wish to cause anyone harm, talk less of being involved in an accident.

“The media has sadly narrated this another way, but that’s not surprising. The thought that I can successfully stage a hit and run while in traffic and at this stage in my career is at best a big joke.

“I apologize to my fans and well-wishers who must ve perceived this differently and most importantly to the lady, her husband who has been an absolute gentleman through this ordeal and her family who is dealing with the shock. I wish her a speedy recovery, God bless her.”

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