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I have been arrested 124 times in England, Naira Marley tells EFCC

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Proud Naira Marley (middle) posed for a photo after his arrest by the EFCC

The controversial Nigerian rapper Afeez Fashola otherwise known as Naira Marley who was arrested with four others in relation to alleged advance fee scam and related cyber crimes has declared he as been arrested 24 times in England.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC had confirmed the arrest of the rapper, but was later released by the commission.

After his release, in a video making waves online, the controversial artist said; “Let me tell you, you don’t know me I have been arrested 24 times in England and I am not doing any other type of music, No slow songs, no love songs, just street music”.

Naira Marley moved to the United kingdom at the age of 11. He his popular for his street savvy kind of music.

Why we arrested Naira Marley —EFCC

The acting EFCC spokesperson, Mr. Tony Orilade, in an interview with our correspondent, said, “Yes, he is with us. He’s not the only person; he had some other persons also arrested alongside (him).

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“They were arrested in relation to advance fee fraud — Internet-related cases and all of that. Give me a little time and I will get you the details.”

The EFCC added in a series of tweets later on Friday, “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.”

A video featuring Ruggedman had gone viral this week in which the rapper called out Naira Marley for advocating Internet fraud. The artiste noted that the promotion of such cyber crimes impacted negatively on Nigerians abroad.

However, Naira Marley, whose recent song is titled Am I A Yahoo Boy, responded by mocking Ruggedman in an Instagram video and defended his artistic choices.

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The EFCC last year launched Operation Cyber Storm which sought to curb the activities of Internet fraudsters.

Over 150 suspects have been reportedly arrested across the country.

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