What must have been to him then a quiet harmless observation – the statement that internet fraud is not criminal – has exploded into a big ball of trouble for Nigerian rapper Naira Marley.
Back then Naira Marley had observed: “If u know about slavery u go know say yahoo no b crime..” many, including members of Naira Marley’s constituency, the music industry, were puzzled by the statement, with singer Simi even openly ostracizing him.
Rapper Ruggedman had even intervened, trying to school Naira Marley on the necessity of making a distinction between slavery and internet crime, and not to use one to justify the other.
In the cacophony of the whole controversy, Naira Marley had teamed up with Zlatan and the duo had released a track titled “Am I a Yahoo Boy.” It was a way to clear the air about the whole controversy and even clear his name.
After a brief silence, the EFCC had publicly admitted arresting the two singers as well as three others (Tiamiu Abdulrahman Kayode, Adewunmi Adeyanju Moses and Abubakar Musa.). It also paraded them in camera.
The EFCC state reads in full: “Naira Marley, Four Others Quizzed by EFCC over Internet Fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, arrested two fast-rising Nigerian musicians – Afeez Fashola (aka Naira Marley) and Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael (aka Zlatan), in connection with alleged case of internet fraud and money laundering. Intelligence report had also linked them to cybercrime offences.
They were arrested along with: Tiamiu Abdulrahman Kayode, Adewunmi Adeyanju Moses and Abubakar Musa. Their arrest followed an early morning raid on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 9, Gbangbola Street, Ikate, Lekki, Lagos.
At the point of arrest, the Commission found and recovered a number of items, including laptops, from the suspects. They have so far volunteered useful information about their involvement in the alleged criminal activities, even as investigations continue.
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The arrest excited Ruggedman, and he said so publicly.
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