9ice, Your Apology Came Too Late – Ruggedman In Open Letter


I feel like it’s 2010 all over again. Toni Payne, 9ice and Ruggedman all up in our news feed again. 

A couple of weeks ago, Toni Payne came out to say she’s moved on and forgiven 9ice for all the drama that happened back in the day, and in turn 9ice came out to apologize for his actions and also said that Toni Payne was innocent all along. 

Well it seems Ruggedman isn’t buying any of that and has penned down an open letter where he says 9ice’s apology is too late. Read the full letter below: 

But that shameless single plug at the end tho… Rugged Na wa o. Lol. 

“In 2010 9ice released a song that made a lot of people wrongfully drag me into a terrible situation. People who misconstrued the song and it created a rumour .

A terrible false rumour that was fueled by journalists and bloggers who were only after hits on their sites. Bloggers and journalists who did not care to investigate and confirm a rumour, but chose to print and post it anyways not caring who got hurt in the process.

I remember pleading my innocence and that of Toni Payne’s but social media people being who and how they are,chose not to listen.

I remember calling 9ice on the phone CIA style to talk to him about it and he was clearly heard admitting the song was not about myself or Toni Payne, but social media people being who and how they are, chose not to listen.

I remember asking 9ice to publicly clear the air on the terrible rumour, but was shocked when my friend said he would not because he was busy and didn’t have time for such. Again nobody wondered why.

Fast forward 2016. Six years later and I was surprised when I heard that 9ice has finally come out to say I never slept with his wife and the song was not about me and even apologised on top. That he has finally come out to say the truth about the issue that cast a negative shadow over my head and that of his ex wife for six years.

All I can do is smile because I know me better than anybody out there who insulted me over the matter. I said it then and I say it now, Michael Ugochukwu Stephens will never sleep with his friends’ wife.

Families and husbands you can now relax. Your daughters and wives are safe around me hahahahaha!!

To 9ice, bro you left it a bit too late. You had your chance to clear this matter up 6 years ago when it really mattered but you did not take it. I do not know why and exactly what it was that made you keep quiet all that while. I did my best to clear my name without you and moved have moved on since.

Anyways I accept your apology and thank God we are all alive.

To bloggers and journalists: You will be who and how you are,but the best and most successful ones amongst you will be the ones who actually get professional about with their work and try to investigate stories before putting it out there. I really hope you all realise its not all about the hits. Do not lose your humanity all because you want to be the first to break news.

On a lighter note,if you want to break news,kindly break the news that my new song ft Olamide titled Seyi Shay will drop on cloud 9music and mtn plus tomorrow 5th February 2016.

I wish you all the best and I appreciate everybody who has been there for me.God bless us all.”


  1. Brothers will always had issue with one another kudos, to rugged man pls forgive and forget see 9ice as a brother life still move since he realisd he has fucked up agba wa bura tewe oba se ori let it be bygone so life goes on.

  2. Ruggedman needs to fucking grow up. Which kind of agbaya is this and then he ends it with a promo to his single that no one will listen to. Please shift… Jaguda make una no dey give this guy useless attention. Him, 9ice, and Toni Payne are all has beens.

    • You need a life! Does anything he said sound like that of a kid? Them go talk A, una go talk B. Your name speaks more…i think Jaguda moderates comments…why is this bushgirl comment approved?

      • Please fuck all the way off. You’re probably one of Ruggedman’s groupies trying to form voltron on blogs. Maybe it’s Ruggedman himself. Either way grow up.


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