I hope this finds you well. I am Erick Nyadida; a 1st year student at Daystar University. I write to you seeking your assistance in highlighting to the world the predicament my older brother and I have faced and continue to face.
We were accused of uttering false document and forging documents with intent to defraud; charges that were been brought against us because we were asking questions that would uncover a fraud at Equity Bank head office.
We were recently aqucitted of all charges and we intend to sue this week. Please allow me to briefly state the background of the story.
I was an upcoming artist and I still am. In 2013 while I was 16 years old, my manager secured a “contract” with Equity Bank to produce a song to be used in their Wings To Fly programme.
I produced the song and presented to Equity Bank. During this process I was in contact with several managers from the communications department and also got a chance to meet with the CEO Dr. Mwangi.
After meeting with the CEO I was sent to the communications manager by his secretary where I was to sign a contract for the copyrights of the song, a contract worth Ksh. 10 million. Being a minor, I could not legally sign a contract, so I was asked to return the next day with my parent to countersign the contact.
That same evening after my meeting with the managers, I received a call from a representative of equity bank by the name Mary Njoki who asked me to check my email for a document that she had sent and I was asked not to come for the meeting as agreed.
She also told me that a contract would be sent to me in a few days but since my fan base was not big enough the contract amount had been reduced to Ksh. 2.5 million. The scanned document that was attached to the email had a number of discrepancies and made no sense. At this time I was still in high school, Form 2.
All the managers claimed that although they knew me, they were only mentoring me. One manager claims, in his statement, that I approached him in his office, forced him to listen to a CD with songs that I wanted Equity Bank to produce and market.
During the meeting, my brother was asked if he believed that the managers were only mentors, when he openly said he did not believe them, the senior communications manager instructed the head of security to escort him to the basement and hold him there until I produced the source of the document, yet he was only inquiring why the document had discrepancies. The email had since been hacked and deleted.
My brother wrote letters to both the CEO and company secretary Mrs. Wamae but they were intercepted by the managers and a reply to both letters was sent in a brown envelope with no official stamps. The day after we received the letters my brother and I went to Equity Bank to record a statement as the letter had demanded. When we arrived the investigations officer openly refused to take my statement and instead called a friend from the BFIU. The BFIU officer took the case file and after some discussion with the Equity officer and the managers he escorted us to his office. By then, I was 17 years old and was legally bound to have an adult present when giving my statement, when the BFIU officer asked my brother to keep a distance and he did not, he decided not to record any statement and we were held at his office till late evening as he looked at the case files. Later that evening charges were brought against us.
Being a prominent and authoritative person in relms of media, with the backing of a qualified team, I believe that you are in the best position to assist us tell our story and get our lives back. I had to go through long court battles even through my kcse exams which i had to repeat because of the trauma.
Attached are supporting documents the judgement of the criminal case, letters as well as the draft petition to be filed in the course of business on 6th February 2019, at Milimani Law Courts.
Kindly assist me highlight the story. This Was And Still Is A Great Injustice! The bank continues to use my copyrighted song to advertise (Copy of confirmation from MCSK attached below).
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