The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed the arrest of popular singer, Afeez Fashola, also known as “Naira Marley” and others in relation to suspected advance fee scam and related cyber crimes.
Premium Times had earlier today, Friday May 10th, 2019 reported that the singer and rapper was arrested by the EFCC in Lagos.
Naira Marley, known for his single ‘Issa Goal,’ was condemned by renowned rapper, Ruggedman, for promoting Internet fraud in his music.
The acting EFCC spokesperson, Mr Tony Orilade, in an interview with PUNCH, 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.”
In a bid to fight cyber crime, also known as Yahoo Yahoo and Yahoo Plus, the EFCC last year launched “Operation Cyber Storm” (OCS) which sought to curb the activities of Internet fraudsters. So far, over 150 suspects have been reportedly arrested across the country.
A video featuring Ruggedman on Hip TV went viral this week in which the rapper called out Naira Marley for encouraging Internet fraud. The artiste noted that the advocation of such cyber crimes impacted negatively on Nigerians abroad.
However, Naira Marley, whose latest song is tagged ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy,’ responded by mocking Ruggedman in an Instagram video and defended his artistic choices.