“It’s the scariest free show I ever did for armed robbers” Olubankole Wellington popularly called Banky W said while recounting the day he was robbed by a gang of armed robbers in Lagos and had to sing for them.
According to the superstar, armed men held him at gunpoint, they were planning to kill him until he introduced himself as a Nigerian singer.
They told him to sing some of his popular songs for them while they meditate as they listened to the angelic and sexy voice of the singer.
He shared his encounter with armed robbers at ‘Monday Night Live’, a programme hosted by a Gospel artiste Tim Godfrey.
He said the incident occurred on a certain December 31 night ‘crossover’ service after he dropped off a friend.
Lindaikejisblog quoted him as saying, “I recall that after a certain December 31 night ‘crossover’ service, I was on my way to the island after dropping a friend.
“On getting to where my friends were, I stopped and alighted. The next thing I felt was a slap at my face. Lo and behold, I saw four armed robbers.
“I opted to give them the key of my rickety car. They slapped me again, saying, ‘Who wants your car’?
“They told me to move to the back seat of the car while they used my car to rob others. They took my money, jewellery, phone and cap.”
They were contemplating on killing him until Banky W introduced himself, “I started begging them not to kill me.
“I told them I am a singer. They then asked me to tell them the songs I had recorded. When I mentioned ‘Ebute Metta’ ‘Capable’ and others, the robbers expressed surprise saying, ‘So you are Mr Capable?
“Sing for us.’ That was the scariest free show I ever did in my life. I had to sing to armed robbers.”