Nigerian singer, Tobechukwu Victor Ojoh popularly known as Peruzzi has released a statement in response to the rape allegations against him.
In the statement released by Peruzzi, revealed that he never raped or assaulted the lady who claims he assaulted her in 2012. He claims the allegation is false and the claim has also been refuted by a witness who the accuser claims was present.
The singer however condemned rape saying it is heinous and cowardly act which he does not condone. He also apologized for the tweets he posted about 8 years ago claiming he is a rapist. He called the tweets irresponsible and ill-informed and are also not a reflection of who he was or is at the moment. He went on to sympathize with victims and survivors of rape.
His full statement reads:
“In light of recent allegations, accusing me of rape in 2012, I want to say that I, Tobechukwu Victor Okoh, strongly refute such claim. I have never and will never rape or sexually assault anybody. The claim is false and has also been refuted by a witness who was present at the time of the allegation. Rape is a heinous and cowardly act, which I do not condone.
“I’m ashamed and deeply apologetic for a series of tweets posted on social media 8 years ago. Those tweets were irresponsible and ill-informed. I was younger and didn’t fully grasp the implications of making such statements. They are neither a reflection of who I am then, or now.
“I sympathise & stand with all victims and survivors of rape. I do not take your trauma lightly. My heart goes out to the families of Uwazila, Ada, Farishina, and all other survivors who have courageously spoken about their abuse in recent times, may the Almighty heal your hearts. It is my earnest prayer that the perpetrators be brought to book.
“Once again, I sincerely apologise for those tweets, containing really stupid and insensitive statements; I take full responsibility, as I should have known better.”