Owners of an internet-enabled transport scheme, Mr Taxi App, have dismissed Nollywood actor Jim Iyke for allegedly claiming ownership of the company.
Speaking to newsmen in Anambra on Friday, the Chief Operating Officer of the company, Austin Nnaemeka, described the controversial actor as an impostor.
He said contrary to the claimed ownership of the company by the Nollywood star, he (Iyke) was only contracted as a brand ambassador of the company but was relieved of his job after he started claiming ownership of the company.
Nnaemeka said: “Jim Iyke is my friend, and I brought him in as a brand ambassador of the company, just like Rachael Okoli and other celebrities here, but he started asking questions that were out of his scope.
“He later started looking for a way to sway us into making him a shareholder, and then started parading himself as the owner of the company. He was warned once, and again, making it two times before we relieved him of his job.
“I am using the opportunity of this press conference to state emphatically that Mr Jim Iyke is not the owner of Mr Taxi, and has no contribution in the company, that is what I want to tell you today.”
Jim Iyke had in a post on his Instagram page announced the launch a taxi service that will begin operations in the South-Eastern states of Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Abia, and Ebonyi respectively.
Iyke had indicated that the taxi platform will be formally launched on October 5.
He wrote: “On 5th October, we’re proud to launch a platform that provides chauffeur services for the people of South East, Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Abia, Ebonyi states.
“This is just the beginning. Our goal is to expand the scope of operation to the South-South in a matter of a few months after takeoff.”
He added that an official launch would take place in Awka, Anambra State, with guest artists including Basketmouth and singer Timaya, among others in attendance.