In the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission relentless attempt to curb cyber crimes in Nigeria they launched Operation Cyber Storm. A program which has reportedly indicted over 200 suspects since it was launched. However, one of our very own musical talents has fallen victim to such arrest.
The “Issa Goal” crooner Afeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley, along with four other suspects was reportedly arrested by the EFCC in the early hours of Friday 10th may 2019 in connection with several cases of internet fraud. However they were let go after several hours of questioning & showing interest of cooperation with the EFCC in bringing criminals to justice.
In a press release statement issued by the official EFCC twitter handle(officialEFCC) they said:
#PressRelease The EFCC Lagos Zonal Office, arrested two fast-rising Nigerian musicians – Afeez Fashola (aka Naira Marley) & Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael (aka Zlatan) in connection with alleged case of internet fraud & money laundering.
Intelligence report had also linked them to cybercrime offence.
They were arrested along with: Tiamiu Abdulrahman Kayode, Adewunmi Adeyanju Moses and Abubakar Musa.
Their arrest followed an early morning raid on Friday, May 10, 2019 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”.
It is barely three weeks since Naira Marley posted a controversial video on his Instagram story where he categorically stated that Internet fraudsters(Yahoo boys) were doing ” God’s work”. To put it differently, the white people who are being defrauded are simply facing retribution from the black people for the many years of slavery. The video received mixed reactions from fans and celebrities online. In a cryptic comment from superstar Davido, he said “Nobody holy”. It isn’t clear if he is truly in support of the actions of these fraudsters or he is just chasing ” clout”.
A video of Rugged man calling out Naira Marley has also gone viral. He cautioned him against promoting Internet fraud while telling him the negative impacts it had on the images of Nigerians staying abroad. Naira Marley retaliated by dropping a song titled ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy,’ where he defended himself.