The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested renowned Nigerian singer Afeez Fashola well known as Naira Marley.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has confirmed the arrest of the popular singer, and others in relation to alleged advance fee scam and related cyber crimes.
Initially, information went in circulation that the reason for his arrest has to do with a controversial comment he made recently concerning internet fraudsters on social media which was actually confirmed to be true.
Naira Marley, known for his single ‘Issa Goal,’ recently came under fire by renowned rapper, Ruggedman, for promoting Internet fraud in his music.
Accordingt to Mr Tony Orilade, the acting EFCC spokesperson, he said, “Yes, he is with us. He’s not the only person; he had some other persons also arrested alongside (him).
“They were arrested in relation to advance fee fraud — Internet-related cases and all of that. Give me a little time and I will get you the details.”
The issue got heated up when reactions sprang up from various social media users, as they massively sent their views concerning the topic.
Above all, the views from celebrities and artists like Ruggedman concerning the topic, triggered more reactions and comments from Nigerians using the social media.
On Friday, April 19, 2019, the singer took to his Instagram page and posted comments about his thoughts concerning slavery, thereby using internet fraud as a justification for the pains from slavery, back in Nigerian slave trade story. He wrote:
‘If u know about slavery u go know say yahoo no b crime’
To make his claims on the matter of discuss more justified, he stated that, only some few politicians are in possession of all the money in this country. He said:
“All the money, you are spending, all the money you guys are spending, it’s the government that is making it go round. You better sit down and pray for yahoo guys, if they (government) stop yahoo, the money will just go from Obasanjo to Tinubu to Mr Japa. You think I need Yahoo, I don’t need Yahoo, I make money from music.
“I’m just telling, he who has ears let them hear, I’m only revealing things to you through this talk. All the money that is being circulated from the woman that sells pepper to the woman that sells palm oil and to the runs girls (prostitutes) and he spends on you for you to get a cab and buy stuff, where do you think that money is coming from?”
However, Naira Marley, whose recent song is titled ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy,’ responded by mocking Ruggedman in an Instagram video and defended his artistic choices.
The EFCC last year launched Operation Cyber Storm which sought to curb the activities of Internet fraudsters. Over 150 suspects have been reportedly arrested across the country