Maradona star mugged

Nin­iola says she was robbed of R300 000 in cash and jewellery

Sowetan - - Front Page - By Ju­lia Madi­bogo

Nige­rian singer Nin­iola Apata of hit track Maradona was robbed at a pop­u­lar fast food restau­rant on Wed­nes­day night. Nin­iola is cur­rently in South Africa on hol­i­day and pro­mot­ing her lat­est sin­gle Ma­gun, fea­tur­ing gqom singer Bu­siswa. Sowe­tan un­der­stands that Nin­iola was hav­ing a meal with two other friends when they were at­tacked by robbers at McDon­ald’s restau­rant on Grayston drive in Sandton.

Ac­cord­ing to an eye wit­ness who de­clined to be named, Nin­iola’s bag and cell­phone were taken while two of her friends were robbed of jewellery and cash.

Nin­iola’s man­ager Michael Ndika de­clined to share de­tails of the robbery.

“We don’t want this to come out. It is not a good look for your coun­try,” he said.

“She is fine. She was at Metro FM this morn­ing for the premiere of her new song with Bu­siswa. She will then be off to shoot a video with Heavy K and an­other video while she re­leases the song to­mor­row, so she is good,” Ndika said.

Sandton po­lice spokesman Cap­tain Granville Meyer con­firmed that a case of robbery was opened by Nin­iola’s friend on Wed­nes­day night.

“I can con­firm that a robbery case was opened. The in­ci­dent hap­pened at McDon­ald’s yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day).”

Meyer said the com­plainant al­leged that he came from Sandton City af­ter shop­ping and went to McDon­ald’s, where they were robbed by three men.

“Jewellery and cash to an es­ti­mated value of R300 000 was taken,” Meyer added.

Nin­iola danced her way into the hearts of South Africans with her house track Maradona, which was re­leased last year and be­came a party an­them.

McDon­ald’s chief mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Daniel Pa­di­achy con­firmed that the in­ci­dent took place and said no other cus­tomers or em­ploy­ees were in­jured.

“The safety of our cus­tomers and staff re­mains our first pri­or­ity and we are work­ing closely with the relevant au­thor­i­ties in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Pa­di­achy said.

We don’t want this to come out. It is not a good look for your coun­try

Nin­iola Apata. /SUP­PLIED

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