Nigerian fast rising singer Afeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Reports has it that the singer is being questioned in their Lagos state office. The reason behind his arrest is yet to be made public. But speculations has it that it might be in connection with his statements on social media which glorifies internet fraudsters, popularly called Yahoo boys.
In the video he recorded on Instagram, the singer urged Nigerians to pray for Yahoo boys rather than berate them. He noted that Yahoo boys make their money go round. Marley further expressed that Yahoo boys are the reason why some Nigerians have money to spend because they make money circulate.
He said: “All you guys, all the money in your pockets, all the money you spend, you think it’s the government that is making the money go round? You better sit down and pray for yahoo boys. If them stop yahoo, the money would not pass you guys. “The money will go like this, from Obasanjo to Tinubu, from Tinubu to Mr Japa, you think me I need Yahoo? I make money from my music.”
The video stirred reactions from Nigerians who described Marley as a disgrace and bad example to young Nigerians.
The EFCC spokesperson could not be reached early on Friday, but a top source at the agency confirmed the arrest to PUNCH.
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.”
Perhaps coincidentally, Naira Marley released the official video of his hit track, ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy’ featuring Zlatan on Thursday
This development has sparked reactions from several Nigerians who took to Twitter to mock the singer and his friend Zlatan Ibile.
See some of the reactions below;