The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released their official statement over the arrest of Naira Marley, Zlatan and three other persons. This statement is coming after the pair were picked up in the early hours of Friday, 10th of May in connection with alleged cases of internet fraud and money laundering.
The Financial Crime Commission has now paraded the artists, to not just show that they’re indeed in custody, but to also inform Nigerians that they’re being investigated for cybercrime; an act Naira Marley and Zlatan have shown support for in recent times.
A statement was released alongside their pictures where the Commission stated that the singers and their friends have released helpless information about their involvement in the alleged crime.
The statement reads;
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 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.
Recall that Naira Marley had earlier in the week released a song titled ‘Am I a Yahoo Boy?’ featuring Zlatan some days after the pair publicly endorsed the affairs of internet fraudsters in the country; the song sparked controversy on social media.
Veteran rapper, Michael Ugochukwu Stephens, popularly known as Ruggedman, was quick to critic the song in a video that went viral last week, after the song was released. Naira Marley responded to the criticism in an Instagram Live video ridiculing Ruggedman.
Hopefully, this will teach the pair to always tread with caution next time they decide to share their thoughts about sensitive issues on social media. Have a conversation with your team, maybe your publicist, deliberate; don’t let social media madness and zeal to get likes and comments on your post make you post statements that would get you into trouble because at the end of the day, guess who gets all the blame? YOU!
See photos of the suspects below;