Naira Marley’s management has released a statement defending his songs and addressing the overwhelming evidence found on him by the EFCC.
Naira Marley has spent well over a week in EFCC’s custody since he was apprehended a day after his birthday along with his friend, Zlatan, and some others. While Zlatan and three others were recently released, Naira Marley remained in custody.
According to a spokesperson of the EFCC, the evidence against the singer is overwhelming and he will therefore remain with them. The rapper's management team, after several days of silence, has finally issued a statement regarding the rapper’s arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
In the statement below, the management team tries to clarify the singer’s stance on internet fraud and motives behind his new song “Am I A Yahoo Boy?” They also attempt to address the laptops and other materials found in his possession.
Naira Marley is an artiste that speaks for the street, those who do not have a voice, not only in Nigeria but in the UK also. Although his messages may come across misconstrued, he loves his country, he cares for his people and wants people to feel free and happy when they listen to his music. We are all entitled to freedom of speech and to express ourselves creatively. No one should be penalized for it even when it’s a controversial topic. The real criminals of Nigeria should be the focus and not an individual who is bringing positive attention to Nigerian music and culture internationally. Our lawyers are working diligently to prove his innocence and have him set free. There is a lot of false information circulating around and we have released this statement to set the records straight. However, the EFCC are still investigating. This is a very sensitive topic and a public case. We ask that the media report accurately as false claims can harm his reputation and livelihood. Thanks to everyone for their continued support, to the Marlians, Naira is lucky to have you, please continue to show your support for him. We hope to have this situation resolved and Naira is released soon. Kind regards, management.”
The statement released by the rapper's management is laughable, as it seems unlikely that an artiste who claims to be well off financially would borrow a laptop to record. If truly the materials found in the rapper’s possession are not his, then he should have no difficulty handing over the rightful owner to the EFCC. It is definitely an attempt to play on the intelligence of the general public, particularly fans of the artiste who aren't gullible enough to believe the statement.
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