Chris Eburu, manager of late veteran musician Victor Uwaifo, has been charged in court with forgery of the latter’s will, according to the singer’s family.
The singer’s family revealed this while denying reports that Chris had plans to organise a fundraiser for the singer on the anniversary of his passing.
Speaking to reporters in Benin, Edo State, the deceased’s family, including his son Goodman Uwaifo and oldest child Ogbomwen Reden, accused Chris of using their father’s name to mislead the public into signing up for the programme.
The manager, according to Mrs. Reden, allegedly changed her late father’s will and added witnesses who were allegedly unknown to her father.
She said: “The witnesses are not the kind of persons my late father would associate with. My father cannot have an unmarried woman sign his will. My father was a very hardworking man till he died and I will not allow anybody to reap what he has laboured for. I am fighting for my father’s legacy.
In response to the accusations, Chris stated that the forgery issue was already on the court’s agenda and that he would not comment further.
In response to the fundraiser allegation, he stated that Uwaifo’s Revelation Tourism Palazzo Centre is an association and does not require the consent of the late singer’s children before it can hold any anniversary ceremonies for its late member.
Chris insisted that prior to making any plans for the anniversary, the family’s approval be sought.
Uwaifo, affectionately known as the guitar boy, passed away on August 28 at age 80 at the Stella Obasanjo Specialist Hospital, run by the Edo government, on Sapele Road in Benin.
On October 15, he was laid to rest in his opulent home at Victor Uwaifo Avenue off College/Ekenwan Road in Benin, Edo State.