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Stop Get-Rich-At-All-Cost Syndrome, Magu Cautions Celebrities

Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has called on Nigerian artiste and comedians to collaborate with the anti-graft agency in its fight against all forms of corruption.

In an interactive session on Wednesday with artists, comedians and On-Air-Personalities (OAP) which held at the EFCC Headquarters, Jabi, Abuja Magu said the celebrities had a very reach and their voice would be helpful in the commission’s fight against corruption.

“You have a very wide reach, so lend us your voices, please let your works propagate and promote integrity and the right values,”

“I urge you to raise a collective slogan against all forms of criminality among our youths, condemn in strong terms, ostentatious living without credible sources of income, particularly the get-rich-at-all-cost syndrome among the youths,” he said.

Speaking further, Magu expressed the readiness of the anti-graft agency to join hands with the creative industry saying the commission needs them “more than ever before to change the negative narratives about our country being havens of internet fraudsters”.

He said: “I have always stressed that we cannot claim to have the monopoly of knowledge of how to fight corruption at the EFCC.

“We are however, driven by the passion to explore all frontiers that will enable us achieve a better society for our children yet unborn – an egalitarian society and one which we all can be proud of. Let’s find a way to reduce or stop our teeming youths from engaging in internet fraud.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Naira Marley Was A Wanted Criminal In The UK In 2014

Contrary to claims by defense counsel of Nigerian singer Azeez Fashola better known as Naira Marley in court that he is a first time offender, findings by SaharaReporters has reveal that the singer was declared wanted by Lewisham Police, United Kingdom in 2014.

Naira Marley was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Comission in Nigeria for his alleged connection to advance fee fraud and cyber crime.

On Monday 20th of May, 2019, during the arraignment of Naira Marley by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos a member of his defence counsel, Taiwo Oreagba who stood in for his lead defence counsel, Olalekan Ojo had pleaded with Hon. Justice I.N Oweibo, the Judge presiding over the case that the singer be remanded in EFCC custody pending the day of his bail hearing.

Oreagba had made the plea to the judge stating that Niara Marley was a first time offender.

Justice Oweibo eventually ruled that the singer should be remanded in Prison custody.

In a report published by London news website, Newsshopper on the 11th of June 2014, Naira Marley, alongside four men, was declared wanted by Lewisham Police for crimes ranging from robbery to sexual assault on a night bus.

In his mugshot, the singer who was 19-years-old at that time was pictured dressed in a black T-shirt and a swollen left eye with a caption that read: “Azeez Fashola, 19, is wanted by police in connection with an incident in Surrey Canal Road, New Cross on March 5.”

Naira Marley has been remanded in prison custody until the 30th of May for the hearing of his bail application.

The arrest of Naira Marley by the EFCC had generated mixed reactions as some personalities like Daddy Showkey amongst others have rebuked the anti-graft agency for going after the singer when corrupt politicians walk freely while others like Ruggedman have rejected those in support of the singer’s stance on “Cybercrime” saying fraud should not be celebrated.

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UPDATE: Absence Of Naira Marley’s Lawyer Stalls Court Proceedings

Azeez Fashola, Nigerian musician better known as Naira Marley was on Tuesday arraigned at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos.

He is being charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on his alleged involvement with advance fee fraud.

SaharaReporters spotted Naira Marley at 9:46am when he arrived the court premises. 

READ Full List Of EFCC’s 11-Count Charge Against Naira Marley

The musician who is wearing a white tee shirt and black trousers looked subdued as he was led into the dock.

Mild drama ensued when his mother on sighting him burst into uncontrollable tears while family members who accompanied her tried to pacify her.

The proceeding was however stood down upon commencement due to the absence of the defence team.

One of the defence counsels for Naira Marley, Taiwo Oreagba is currently on ground.

More to come.

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BREAKING: Naira Marley Pleads ‘Not Guilty’, To Be Remanded In EFCC Custody Until May 30

Azeez Fashola, better known as Naira Marley has pleaded not guilty to the 11 count charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. 

After the charges were read to him in the presence of Justice Nicholas Oweibo, he pleaded ‘ not guilty’.

Justice Oweibo however slated the 30th of May for the hearing of bail application.

Until then Naira Marley will be remanded in EFCC custody.

More to come.

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FULL STORY: Court Remands Naira Marley In ‘Prison’ Custody

The Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on Monday ordered that Nigeria singer, Azeez Fashola, better known as Naira Marley, be remanded in prison until May 30th when the hearing of his bail application will take place.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo presided over the arraignment. 

Naira Marley was charged to court at the behest of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on 11 count charge bordering on cybercrime, possession of counterfeit cards and conspiracy to obtain gain.

After the 11 charges were read to him, he pleaded ‘not guilty’.

The arraignment which was scheduled to start by 9:00am was delayed for some minutes due to the late arrival of Naira Marley and bad weather.

Upon arrival at the court premises at 9:46, the proceedings could not start due to the absence of the lead defense counsel, Olalekan Ojo (SAN).

The prosecuting counsel led by Rotimi Oyedepo prayed that the musician be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing of bail application.

Following this proceeding, the defense counsel represented by Taiwo Oreagba, passed on an application for a bail and a need for the defendant to remain in EFCC custody.

After hearing from both sides, the Justice Oweibo concluded that the application for bail will be looked into on the 30th of May, 2019.

Mild Drama 
A visibly shaken woman which SaharaReporters confirm to be Naira Marley’s mother burst into tears on sighting her son when he arrived in company of the EFCC.

After the proceedings, she again became teary, shivering as the EFCC handed him over to Prison Officials to be detained until the 30th of May, 2019.

Back Story

On the 10th of May, in an early morning raid, the EFCC arrested musician, Naira Marley, Zlatan Ibile and three other over their alleged connection to advanvce fee fraud.

READ BREAKING: EFCC Arrests Musician Naira Marley

Few days after their arrest and intense grilling, Zlatan Ibile and two others regained their freedom with inside sources confirming to SaharaReporters that they were freed on administrative bail and will report to the EFCC office every morning.

READ UPDATE: Zlatan Ibile, Two Others Walk Free As EFCC Hangs On To Naira Marley

Zlatan Ibile on the 19th of May, released a single titled ‘4 Days In Okotie Eboh’ in which he called out ‘fake friends’ who turned their backs on him after he was arrested.

READ Days After Release From EFCC Custody, Zlatan Ibile Drops Single ‘4 Days In Okotie Eboh’

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EXCLUSIVE: Naira Marley Still In Jail Contrary To Reports He Was Granted Bail

Contrary to a video circulating online which show Azeez Fashola better known as Naira Marley going into a private car and captions suggesting that he has been released, he is to be remanded in prison SaharaReporters can confirm.

A top source in the EFCC who spoke to SaharaReporters said the video was mere propaganda by friends of the musician who are desperate to launder his image.

At the court, SaharaReporters saw some friends of Naira Marley talking to journalists to write their story of the arraignment in favor of the musician.

The Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on Monday ordered that Nigeria singer be remanded in prison until May 30th when the hearing of his bail application will take place.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo presided over the arraignment. 

Naira Marley was charged to court at the behest of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on 11 count charge bordering on cybercrime, possession of counterfeit cards and conspiracy to obtain gain.

After the 11 charges were read to him, he pleaded ‘not guilty’.


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UPDATE: Naira Marley’s Mother Cries, Shivers As EFCC Hands Him Over To Nigerian Prison Officials

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has handed over Azeez Fashola better know as Naira Marley to men of the Nigerian Prison Service for detention. 

He pleaded not guilty to 11 count charge preferred against him by the anti-graft agency.

READ ALSO BREAKING: Naira Marley Pleads ‘Not Guilty’, To Be Remanded In EFCC Custody Until May 30

Until his arraignment at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi on Monday morning, he was in the detention facility of the EFCC.

Naira Marley’s mother who was at the court to witness her son’s arraignment is currently in tears.

Her agony was intensified when she witnessed the EFCC hand him over to the Nigerian Prison Service for detention until May 30, 2019.

More to come.

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Days After Release From EFCC Custody, Zlatan Ibile Drops Single ‘4 Days In Okotie Eboh’

Omoniyi Temidayo, Nigerian musician popularly called Zlatan Ibile, has released ‘4 days in Okotie Eboh,’ a single calling out fake friends days after his released from detention. 

Zlatan was arrested alongside Afeez Fashola aka Naira Marley on what the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission described as ‘connection to advance fee fraud popularly called ‘Yahoo Yahoo’.

Few days after his release from administrative bail, however, Zlatan took to the studio to release the single, where he narrated his experience while at the custody of the anti-graft agency.

Zlatan dedicated some lines in the song to ‘fake friends’ who turned their back on him while in detention.

Lyrics (translated from Yoruba)

“Pretend you were dead, see who will shed tears over your death. Pretend to be broke and see who’ll ignore you.

“We eat and drink together. Just four days and you can’t hide your hatred for me. You guys didn’t expect me to return. Nobody is holy and don’t be quick to judge”.

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Exclusive: Falz To Host Thousands of Fans Fans At ‘The Falz Experience II’

Internationally-acclaimed Nigerian entertainer Falz has announced he’s hosting the second edition of his headline concert, The Falz Experience.

The five-hour live concert will feature performances by Falz with support from friends of the artiste including Simi, Ycee amongst others to the delight of thousands of fans at Eko Convention Center on June 8, 2019.

With early bird tickets already sold out, it is expected that the show will surpass the record-breaking 100 million views recording by the debut edition in 2017.

The maiden edition of the show, which reportedly gulped a whooping sum of N300 million, elevated the concert experience in Nigeria and the follow-up edition promises to be even more groundbreaking.

Fans will be able to suggest ideas to the two-time AMVCA winner about what they would like to see at the show with the hashtag #WhatWillFalzDo. From the songs they’d like to hear and even which version of Falz they would like to see, Falz is putting the power in the hands of the fans to help him create an engaging concert like no other.

The event will be produced by Livespot productions.

Speaking on why he’s putting the fans at the centre of this edition, Falz said,

“My fans are the core of my career. I am nothing without their love and support and that’s why I’m putting the Falz Experience together, just for them. I would love to get ideas and comments from them on how we can make The Falz Experience bigger and better, The idea behind The Falz Experience 2 is to bring all their thoughts together to build a fantastic show. It’s a music concert that will incorporate different elements of my art, with support from the many colleagues I have collaborated with and of course, my fans.”

Falz (real name Folarin Falana) is a law graduate from the University Of Reading whose career began in secondary school when he, along with friends, established a musical group called ‘The School Boys’.

Years down the line, Falz has more than proved himself as not only a talented artiste but one with versatility. Singles such as Something Light, Soft Work, Karishika, Wehdone Sir, Bad Gang, Soldier amongst others and a critically acclaimed album, Moral Instruction, have earned him not only organic airplay but have helped carve a niche in the Nigerian entertainment industry.

Also known for his antics as Segun on the popular series Jenifa’s Diary, Falz is the proud owner of several awards. Some of which are: Best in a Comedy Series/ Movie for the 2018 and 2016 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards ((AMVCA), Viewers’ Choice Best New International Act for the 2016 BET Awards, Album of the Year for the 2016 City People Entertainment Awards, Best Afro Hip Hop Video for the 9th Nigeria Music Video Awards, as well as several nominations.

Premier creative collective, Livespot, will be producing The Falz Experience for the second time in a row which should come as exciting news for the fans. Livespot became a household name after brilliantly producing Darey’s “Love Like A Movie” concert series. They brought the same energy and level of creativity to Falz’s debut concert and we can only imagine that they’ll exceed expectations once more this year.

Tickets to The Falz Experience 2 can be purchased from NairaBox, Ariiyatickets & Afritickets.

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FLASHBACK : Four Songs Of ‘Abami Eda’ Fela Anikulapo-Kuti That Prophesied About Present Day Nigeria

Fela Anikulapo Kuti, even in death, is a household name. The name has outlived the man and in every nook and cranny of the world there lies one or more narratives on who the man was.

He was a man  of many parts; he meant different things to his massive pool of fans in his lifetime.To some who looked up to him for their daily bread, he was a father; to the bevy of  ladies who surrounded him, he was their King; to the oppressed Nigerians living during the unforgettable military regime he was the divine Freedom fighter. At the mention of the name Fela tales abound. 

Aside all this, he was majorly known as that extremely talented Musician who chose to use his music as a weapon against all forms of oppression he and his natives were faced with. The multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of Afrobeat through the sounds of his music and wordings in his lyrics captured perfectly the Nigerian story. This he did so well his music was filled with Prophecy that remains true to this very day.

We bring you four songs of “Abami Eda”(the enigma) as the singer was often referred to. 

International Thief Thief (I.T.T)

At the time of release, I.T.T was the acronym for the fraudulent communication company multi national company named International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation which had a branch in Nigeria and was headed by  the late Moshood Abiola. 

In ancient Nigerian culture and Africa at large, when an individual or persons are caught stealing they are taken round the community by a large crowd who shout “Thief, Thief!” as they take the walk of shame. “International thief thief, I.T.T, International thief, I.T.T” . Modelled on this call and response way of shaming thieves, Fela began this song by singing on slavery and exploitation of Africans saying that if he tells a lie “Make the land punish me.”

In present day Nigeria, neocolonialism is fast becoming an acceptable norm as the Nigerian government keeps signing “deals” that are unfavourable to the Nigerian masses. Although the government takes a large chunk of the blame, foreign corporate and industrial organisation in Nigeria are now known to practise what is called Modern Day Slavery as workers are made to over work under terrible condition only to be given a pittance called Salary. 

Beast Of No Nation

“Basket mouth wan open mouth again, oh” Fela sang upon his return from prison in 1986 where he had served two years from a five years prison sentence. Due to his absence from the musical scene, the people wanted to hear sing so they asked him “‘Fela wetin you go sing about?” whenever they saw him. “Beast of No Nation” tells the story of the singer’s experience in prison.

In the song, Fela referred to life inside prison as the “inside world” where peace and tranquility exist while on the other hand says life outside prison is one  filled with chaos and craziness. Times are hard, every passing day the university churns out graduates into a ‘jobless system’. Young Nigerians now see Nigerian as a prison and now go to the extent of crossing the mediterrian sea in search of greener pasture outside of it. 

“My people are us-e-less, My people are sens-i-less, My people are indiscipline” Fela continues to sing about how the Nigerian government demarket the country when they get the opportunity to speak at foreign conference. It will be recalled that in April 2018 there was social media revolt against Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari who while speaking at Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster on Wednesday, 18 April 2018, described Nigerian youth as “lazy and want everything free.’ All thanks to a young Nigerian journalist, Mayowa Tijani who reported the news. 

The song further dwells on how human right has now become an endangered tenet. “Human rights na my property. So therefore, you can’t dash me my property” Fela sings. The Nigeria Police are now wild dogs chasing innocent youths and even gunning down anyone who resists arrest; the Government deals ruthlessly with any journalist or anyone that writes or talks ill of them. Was Fela not right? 

Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense

In this song, Fela talks about the role of the teachers in the society. According to him, when a child is given birth to the father and mother is the teacher as they do their best to put the child in the line they deem right. When the child grows up and begins to go to school the teacher is his teacher at school. Finally, at the university the child’s teacher is the lecturer. However, Fela lays emphasis on that the most important teacher is culture and tradition. 

He talks on the need to perserve and nurture our culture and tradition so the generation years to come can learn from it. The average Nigerian is known to disregard their culture often times referring to it as Evill only to embrace foreign cultures. “Who be our teacher na Oyinbo? Who be our teacher na Oyinbo?” Fela makes a mockery of this decision.

This song can be related to the present day Nigerian Educational system which has become a clear shadow of itself. Students sit on bare floor without roofs over their heads to learn from their master whose salary has not been paid for over 18 months. Lecturers in the university now go on strike in proportion to the number of times the President travels out of the country. “Baba nla nonsense” Fela would’ve yabbed the government if he was alive. 

Alagbon Close

This song is perfect example of what is currently going on in the country. Police brutality is fast becoming a norm in Nigeria and those in power are silent about it. “Alagbon close” sees Fela preach about how important everyone’s path in life is but yet some people still choose to act like they are not humans and misuse the authority given to them all in the name of performing their duty. The people are men of the Nigeria Police force.

“FSARS officers beat young Lagosian for refusing to unlock phone” Everyday the media space is filled with one report or the other about the numerous assaults both young and old Nigerians are subjected to by people paid to protect them. “For Alagbon den go know say you be civil servant den go lock you for jail…Dem no get respect for human being” he sings highlighting the problem of police brutality. This again solidifies Fela’s reputation as a Prophet.