The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Nigerian musician, Naira Marley, real name Afeez Fashola.
The fast-rising singer is currently being questioned at the EFFC office in Lagos.
Although the reason behind his arrest is yet to be made public, it might be in connection with his statements on social media which glorifies internet fraudsters, popularly called Yahoo boys.
The EFCC spokesperson could not be reached early on Friday, but a top source at the agency confirmed the arrest to PREMIUM TIMES.
Perhaps coincidentally, Naira Marley released the official video of his hit track, ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy’ featuring Zlatan on Thursday
Naira Marley during a recent Instagram live session, urged Nigerians to pray for internet fraudsters (Yahoo boys) saying they are the reason money circulates to the common man.
He said: “All you guys, all the money in your pockets, all the money you spend, you think it’s the government that is making the money go round?”
The video has since stirred reactions from Nigerians who described Marley as a disgrace and bad example to young Nigerians.
However, a few Nigerians have supported Marley, saying that Yahoo boys are the reason some Nigerians can eat and survive.
The singer is popular for his 2017 hit song titled ’It’s a goal.’
Apparently displeased with Naira Marley’s stance, Nigerian social media influencer, Tunde Ednut cautioned the singer and also berated him over a comment he made on internet fraud with respect to slavery.
Naira Maley had written: “If you know about slavery you go know say yahoo no be crime“.
Ednut replied: “Okay, Naira Marley, This is wrong!!! You shouldn’t be passing such messages”.
Unhappy with Ednut’s reply, Naira Marley fired back: “I said you posted a kid with his dad face tattoed on his back and you called him gay. That’s bullying.. and you collect money from yahoo boy to do give away.. and you just posted someone that bought a Lamborghini.. think about it.. don’t be a hypocrite.
He furthered: “You collect money from yahoo boy to do give away. You collect money from them to post. You’re now telling me what’s wrong.”
After the social media war with Ednut, the singer went on to release a song titled: “Am I A Yahoo Boy“? In what appeared to be a direct message to some Nigerians who tagged him as an internet fraudster over his comment on the said issue.
The singer was arrested by the EFCC days after he released “Am I A Yahoo Boy” singer, a song which had since become a “national anthem.”
Meanwhile, Naira Marley, who is based abroad, is popular for his 2017 hit song titled “It’s a goal” as well as “Japa”.