According to news making the rounds, it appears that Naira Marley was forced to abandon his show in Dublin on Saturday due to gang violence.
An Irish news website simply identified as Dublin Live claimed that the Police of the Republic of Ireland were forced to shut down an event headlined by Naira Marley after a gang of youths were spotted fleeing the scene.
The incident occurred at Lost Lane just off Grafton Street before the controversial rapper took to the stage to perform. Following the gang violence, Dublin Live reports that the scene has since been closed off to the public.
The report further revealed that a number of weapons were seized and the Irish police have also arrested a man in his 20s in connection with the incident. Eye-witnesses at the event stated that the Irish police arrived the scene and “drove everyone out” before shutting down the show which had started around 10:30 pm.
In his words;
An African artist ‘Naira Marley’ was headlining a show at Lost Lane yesterday with some other upcoming acts.
We came to the event which started around 10:30 pm. People were waiting for the artist to perform when all of a sudden Gardai came to the venue, drove everyone out and shut it down.
Afterwards, Gardai came in tens and filled everywhere. Everyone was still surprised and curious as to what was going on because no gang attacked or anything.
They [the crowd] filled the street around the venue confused as to where to go and some [were] angry at the organisers asking for a refund.
In a statement, the police service of the Republic of Ireland also known as Gardai confirmed that investigations are ongoing. The police spokesperson said;
Gardai are investigating an incident where a large number of male youths congregated outside a premise on Adam Court, Dublin 2 at approximately 1 am on 7 July 2019.
A number of offensive weapons were located after the youths departed and were seized by Gardai.
One male in his early 20s was arrested and was charged in relation to this offence. Investigations are ongoing.
Naira Marley is clearly not a stranger to controversies; aside from his infamous arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged cybercrime, Naira Marley has also had run-ins with the police in the UK and most recently, Kaffy for condemning his Soapy dance routine.