Congolese musician Koffi Olomide jailed for molesting 15-year-old ex-dancer

Congolese musician Koffi Olomide jailed for molesting 15-year-old ex-dancer

Legendary African musician Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba, best known by his stage name, Koffi Olomide, has been slapped with a two-year jail sentence. This has attracted the attention of many people.

This was after the famous rumba and soukous singer was found guilty of sexually assaulting one of his former female dancers when she was still a minor.

The court also ordered the Mopao hit-maker to pay over N2m fine for damages caused to the ex-dancer he was accused of assaulting.

He was ordered to wire the said amount to the victim and also pay similar amount as a fine for allegedly assisting three other women to enter France illegally.

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Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba, best known by his stage name Koffi Olomide, was handed a two-year jail sentence for sexually assaulting a minor. Photo: Africa News.

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The ruling, which was a two-year suspended jail sentence, was delivered by a court in France in absence of the singer who failed to show up for the trial.

The suspended sentence implied the 62-year-old Olomide would be arrested if he commits another offence in the next two years.

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The singer's trouble with dancers dates back to 2012 when four of his former female employees accused him of sexually assaulting them repeatedly.

The women also accused the singer of kidnapping and holding them captives; incidents they claimed took place in France and DRC Congo.

Olomide was charged with aggravated rape but the charges were later revised. He is not new to controversies involving dancers.

In July 2017, Kenyan authorities arrested and charged the musician after he attacked one of his dancers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

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The singer, who was supposed to perform at Bomas of Kenya on July 23, 2017, was captured in a viral video assaulting a woman amid altercations.

The ugly incident at the airport sparked public uproar, forcing the government to deport the musician back to Congo a day later. He left his many Kenyan fans disappointed and angry with his misconduct. Olomide later apologised to his fans.

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