Naira Marley’s “management” has released a press statement claiming that the allegedly incriminating items retrieve during the singer’s arrest does not belong to him.
The press release is coming after a surge of news reports reportedly hinged on comments made by the spokesperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), claiming that Naira Marley wasn’t released on bail due to the “overwhelming evidence” found against him.
In the press release made available online on May 16, 2019, Marley’s “management” refuted the allegations of cybercrime and internet fraud advocacy made against the singer. It added that the reportedly incriminating items did not belong to Marley.
“The situation with Naira Marley is extremely unfortunate. We heard complaints about his recent comments around cybercrime. Naira did not publicly defend those who commit fraud,” the statement read.
“He expressed his view on the situation which was simply his opinion, something every human being is entitled to. Following this, he playfully made a reactive song ‘Am I Yahoo Boy’ in response to the varied feedback he received. He is not a ‘Yahoo Boy’!
“Naira Marley is a hard-working artiste who has turned his back on crime and focuses solely on his music. At present, his basic human and civil rights are being violated. His reputation is being tainted. The EFCC is yet to find ‘hard evidence’ against him.
“Niara Marley was found with an item that does not belong to him. The items retrieved were borrowed so he can upload music, videos and record while visiting Nigeria.
“Naira speaks for the streets and those who do not have a voice, not only in Nigeria but also in the UK. Although his messages may come as misconstrued, he loves his country. Naira Marley does not practice fraud, neither does he facilitate it.”
Although Zlatan Ibile, Naira Marley’s collaborative partner, was released alongside three others, the EFCC gave no official statement to explain why Naira Marley was not freed on bail as well.
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