Nigerian singer, Zlatan Ibile’s girlfriend, Seyi Awonuga, has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to please release her boyfriend.
Naira Marley and his buddy Zlatan weren’t just arrested for internet fraud activities; The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission revealed that the reason behind their arrest was because of their involvement in advance fee scam and other related crimes.
The acting EFCC spokesperson, Mr Tony Orilade, in an interview with Premium Times, 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 news of Naira Marley’s arrest first broke in the early hours of Friday, May 10, 2019.
The EFCC acting Head, Media and Publicity, Tony Orilade, in a statement, said intelligence report had also linked them to cybercrime offenses.
Orilade added that the artistes were arrested along with three other suspects, Tiamiu Abdulrahman, Adewunmi Adeyanju and Musa Abubakar, following an early morning raid 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,” the statement said.
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.
Meanwhile, veteran rapper, Micheal Ugochukwu Stephens, popularly known as Ruggedman, was recently engaged in a war of words with Naira Marley. The rift started after Ruggedman expressed his opinion on how he felt Naira Marley was misleading the public with his position on cyber crime.
Marley had earlier shared a video in which he stated that cybercrime wasn’t a sin. This video generated a lot of controversy on the Internet. Apart from Ruggedman, some celebrities have also expressed their displeasure with his opinion.
However, in an interview with Saturday Beats, the rap artiste said he had to express his opinion about Marley’s comments because it had rubbed off on other musicians in Nigeria. He added that he had his brand to protect and couldn’t watch someone else rub his name and brand in the mud.
“I gave my opinion about Naira Marley’s message on fraud because fraud is obviously a criminal act. It is outrageous for any young artiste to come out and publicly say it is not a crime. Aside from the fact that I am a veteran in the music industry,
I’m older than he is so I have to caution such remarks. If I don’t, it has the ability to ruin the whole community because after his comments, many people began to say that all musicians are into fraud.
“I cannot sit down and watch all the years of hard work I used to build my brand as Ruggedman go down the drain; it’s making everyone in the music industry look like a fraudster. That was why I spoke out,” he said.
Reacting to being called an ‘old book’ on the shelf in the Nigerian music industry, Ruggedman noted that there was nothing being said on social media that could move him emotionally.
Credit : PUNCH NEWSPAPER