Ruggedman Debunks Rumors Making Rounds That He Was Responsible For Naira Marley And Zlatan’s Arrest


Nigerian rapper, Ruggedman has taken to his social media to deny rumours that he is responsible for the arrest of fellow artistes, Naira Marley and Zlatan Ibile.

Recall that a few days ago, news broke that Naira Marley had been arrested by members of the EFCC over suspicions of fraud.

This follows an Instagram live video where Marley made claims that Internet Fraud or ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ was beneficial to the economy.

Ruggedman has always been a staunch resister of the Yahoo Yahoo movement that seems to have plagued Nigeria always speaking up against police brutality and speaking against those who state that fraud is good and commendable.

Ruggedman also commented on the post where Naira Marley made his pro-Yahoo statements and admonished the singer for this and was hit with a lot of backlash. He further claimed to be a little happy that he got arrested and this has gotten people to claim that he had a hand in it.

In his statement, Ruggedman claims that he doesn’t know Naira Marley personally and had no hand in anything.

He said:

My fellow Nigerians and the Distinguished members of the Press, 

I have read and heard all sorts of comments pertaining to the Naira Marley case and seen the misinformation making the rounds which is quite unfortunate to say the least. 

I do not know Naira Marley personally, the same way I do not know the over 300 Nigerians I have gotten justice for against police brutality. I do it because it is who I am. 

All I did was caution a young artist, who has influence, against making utterances about an issue that by global standard is considered a crime.  I believe correcting this was the way to go as an elder, but got insulted for this even by those being misled. 

I never responded to Naira Marley’s invectives nor those of his fans, same way I have not responded to any of the negative comments from social media. 

I note that saying I was “happy in a way” about his arrest has evidently frayed some nerves and for that I apologise. It was in hope that it would serve as deterrent for persons who might consider the said ills or need to make a u-turn. It by no means was intended to wish for his downfall. It perhaps was not a good choice of word in hindsight. I do not look forward to anyone’s downfall but rather hope we all learn from the situation. 


I hereby state categorically that I had nothing to do with his arrest. We all must recall that he glorified fraud on a public platform where security agencies like the Police, NDLEA and EFCC are also on. I am sure they saw his posts and captions the same way we all did. I, however, was the one that cautioned him. I guess this was what led all the darts and arrows my way as a literal mortal retribution to my person. 

Despite the disrespect to my person, I got nothing against him and only longed for him to be discerning and utilise his position of influence appropriately.

May God bless you all and yes that includes those wishing me evil and threatening me. Nothing will change who I am and I will keep you all in my prayers. 

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