EFCC to charge Naira Marley Zlatan Ibile to court

Nigerian singers, Naira Marley, Zlatan Ibile and three others are still in custody of EFCC and are to be charged to court soon according to new reports.

Afeez Fashola aka Naira Marley, Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael aka Zlatan Ibile, Tiamiu Abdulrahman Kayode aka Rahman Jago and two others will be charged to court for their alleged links to cyber crime, EFCC has revealed.

The trio, alongside two others, Adewunmi Adeyanju Moses and Abubakar Musa, were arrested in the early hours of Friday, at 9, Gbangbola Street, Ikate, Lekki, Lagos.

According to a source quoted by Sahara Reportes, EFCC has plans to use information volunteered by the suspects to charge them to court. And that, until then, they will remain in detention.

The arrest of Naira Marley, Zlatan Ibile has provocked mixed reactions from Nigerians including celebrities and their fans. Some are in support of the arrest saying the celebrities are not above the law, some others think it is wrong to have raided and arrested them while a few others are just indifferent about the whole situation.

A few hours back, Burna Boy called on the EFCC to free Zlatan Ibile so he could perform at his show, which held last night.

According to Ayo Shonaiya, he thinks that EFCC has just made Zlatan and Naira Marley future legends. He wrote;

Lil’ Wayne, James Brown, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Frank Sinatra, the Kray Twins, Hugh Grant, and of course notorious drug lord & the ultimate baddest outlaw, Pablo Escobar! Remember Pablo Escobar used drug money to “help” the Colombian economy? And loads of Colombians prayed for him.

You know in the Nigerian music industry we have Bad, Baddo, Baddest, & Young Pablo. I myself even appeared in a short film recently called “Narcos Lagos”!

It’s all creativity and Art. Believe it or not, they have just made Naira Marley & Zlatan future legends!!! And I promise you I love all these guys. The ones that know me personally know this. Bad ass creative minds!

But, on the other hand, the infamous mugshots of the other “legends” were for what I call “personal” crimes. Even though every crime is bad, they were not crimes that labelled their countrymen & women with a negative identity, & also didn’t adversely affect the reputations of millions of their fellow citizens (maybe Colombia with the drugs, but you get my point).

The crime in question in the EFCC pic is FRAUD! Let’s stop saying “Yahoo Yahoo” because it has obviously become cool to a lot of youths now. We desperately need to re-strategise the war against crime in our country, from the “top” to the bottom.

So, while the other mugshots are for personal crimes that only themselves got punished for, our own future legends pic is about glamourising a crime that 180 MILLION Nigerians pay for everyday, in all ramifications & all over the world, as we are ALL seen as fraudsters and thieves.

This is the painful difference between the other infamous pictures & our own. And this is why, on the real, I am also sad about this picture.
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