Veteran Nigerian rapper, Ruggedman in a new video has expressed regret about making embattled Nigerian singer, Naira Marley’s case a public one.
According to Ruggedman, if he had known that the Naira Marley case would have been taken as serious as this, he wouldn’t have condemned the younger artist on a public domain.
“If I say I’m not disturbed to know how crazy this Naira Marley case has gotten I’ll be lying. I commented and cautioned him like I would do as a senior colleague to a younger colleague because for me I knew and I could see that what he was saying was not going to go well with a lot of people; especially the authorities, and that’s why I did what I did. If I’d known it was going to get this bad I wouldn’t have said it anywhere I was happy he was arrested, insinuate or joke about fraudster or anything around him,” he said.
Ruggedman further added that irrespective of all that has transpired, Naira Marley remains his colleague in the music industry.
“No matter what happens, he’s still a junior colleague in the industry. If people that I don’t know randomly call on me about SARS issue and I carry the matter on my head to get justice for them, why in the world would I want to do something that would bring down a young artiste? That’s not Ruggedman if you know me you know me. What he does not need right now is a lot of unnecessary negative vibes. I’ve seen all the comments and threats and everything. But what I’ll say is God bless everybody because we learn by what happens every day and what we do.”
It would be recalled that Naira Marley was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in connection with internet fraud popularly called yahoo yahoo. His arrest came on the heels of his vocal support for internet fraudsters known as yahoo boys whom he had said are not criminal but need prayers as they make money circulate in the economy.
Ruggedman had cautioned Naira Marley about this view but Naira Marley had also opined that anyone who knows the history of slavery would understand that yahoo yahoo is not a crime.
Following his arrest, Naira Marley was arraigned in court and had a bail hearing on May 30 and having been granted bail, he is expected to be released on Jun2 3rd when he would have met his bail conditions.
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Naira Marley Pleads Guilty In Court, Fined N100K
The Lagos State Special Offences (Mobile) Court, Oshodi has fined singer Afeez Fashola and his manager N100, 000 for flouting the ban on interstate travels in June this year.
The singer and his manager had on June 8 this year, travelled from Lagos to Abuja and back to Lagos for a drive-through concert in Abuja. He was arraigned before the court by the state police command today August 6.
A statement from the spokesperson of the state police command, Bala Elkana, said Naira Marley was arraigned alongside his Manager Seyi Awouga on a one-count charge of ”breach of the cessation of movement and interstates travel order made by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under Regulation 4(i) of the Lagos State Infectious Disease Emergency Prevention) Regulation No 2 of 2020 and committed an offence punishable under Section 58 Public Health Law, Ch. P16, Laws of Lagos State 2015”
When the charge was read to them, Naira Marley and his manager pleaded guilty and were awarded a fine of one hundred thousand naira each by the presiding Magistrate.
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Music superstar Azeez Fashola aka Naira Marley, has been taken to the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja.
The police filed charges against him for violating COVID-19 directives banning interstate travels put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Naira Marley flew in a chartered plane meant for a Lagos Judge to the Federal Capital Territory for a concert on Saturday, July 13.
The concert at the Jabi Lake Mall elicited public outcries with many who attended breaking protocols at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.
It was gathered Naira Marley’s arrest was based on orders of The Inspector-General of Police.
Lagos Police spokesman Bala Elkana confirmed the appearance of Naira Marley in court.
He said the musician presented himself at the Command Headquarters on Thursday.
“We are in court as we speak. He will be arraigned for violating the interstate travel order. That is the aspect that concerns Lagos State,” he clarified.
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