By Eric Elezuo
About a year ago, a never-to-forget life occurrence happened to the self styled Marlian president, Naira Marley, whose real name is Afeez Fashola: He was arrested by the anti-corruption agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
On May 10, 2019, just a day after “Am I A Yahoo Boy” was released, the anti-graft agency announced that it had arrested and charged the singer to court on an 11 count charge of advance fee fraud popularly called ‘Yahoo-Yahoo‘.
After spending 14 days behind bars, the singer was released after perfecting his bail conditions as proposed by Justice Nicolas Oweibo. It should be noted that Naira Marley might have faced a 7 years sentence if he was found guilty of the charges.
There and then, his career blossomed as not a few people sympathized with him, and wanted to feel the music that made EFCC picked him up. It was at this point that the number of his followers skyrocketed, prompting the creation of the Marlian group. The Marlian craze also affected his friends, Zlatan, Rahman Jago, Biesloaded and Gucci-Branch.
“Personally, I believe that Naira Marley has enjoyed more positive benefits due to the EFCC issue than the negative effects,” a fan was quoted as saying on Naijaloaded
Consequently, when the history of Naira Marley’s stardom is written, the EFCC will likely have a dedicated page for the good reasons.
You Are a Failure, Resign – Wizkid Tells Buhari, Osinbajo, IGP
Music superstar, Ayo Balogun, also known as Wizkid, has called for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammad Adamu over their inability to handle the situation across the country as End SARS protests continue to spread across Nigeria.
Wizkid reacting to the ongoing chaos in the country in a tweet via his Twitter handle on Wednesday said Buhari has failed in his duty as the president of the country, adding that he should step down, including Osinbajo and Adamu.
He tweeted: “@MBuhari you are a failure! Old and incompetent! Step down! We don’t want you, your Vice President and your IG! Resign!
Meanwhile, the presidency has appealed for understanding and calm across Nigeria amid the End SARS agitations.
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, in a statement on Tuesday, disclosed that the implementation of the Police reforms was gathering pace at the Federal and State levels.
Adesina explained that as at the last count, thirteen states have established the Judicial Panels of Inquiry as resolved by the National Economic Council to address justice for victims of police brutality.
They are Lagos, Kaduna, Delta, Ekiti, Ogun, Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Plateau, Edo, Nasarawa, Ondo and Akwa Ibom.
Adesina said President Buhari welcomed the promptness of the actions and will support states to ensure that justice is achieved for all victims of police brutality in Nigeria.
#EndSARS: Falz Accuses FG of Not Showing Any Real Intent to Make Things Right
Folarin Falana also known as Falz, has said in any sane society, the Inspector General of Police would have resigned following the numerous cases of human rights violations perpetrated under his leadership.
Falz said this during an interview on Arise TV today October 19.
”It is unfair to the lives that have been lost to tell us to get off the streets. It is extremely unfair. It is terrible of any humanbeing, without justice being done, to tell people to get off the street. I completely disagree with that. I would say if you want people off the street, make sure that justice is done and in a way that is transparent.
Which one of those points really needs time? If we are honest with ourselves, which one of the points on the 5 for 5 agenda really needs time? You really need time to release all arrested peaceful protesters or you really need time to make sure that justice is done and appropriate compensation? What real actions have been shown? What real actions have been taken to show that you are serious about doing this?
Look how long they dragged their feet even before they created the state by state panels. Look at how long it took? They are not even showing any real intent to make things right. They are not.
For example, nobody has been sacked. In any sane society, the Inspector General of Police would have already resigned by himself. Is he waiting to be sacked?
All these stories of horrible violation of human rights happened under him” he said.
Don’t Be Intimidated – Femi Kuti Tells Alausa #EndSARS Protesters
Femi Kuti, the son of the legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti, made an appearance today at the #EndSARS protest in Alausa to encourage the protesters after they were attacked by thugs.
Femi stated that it’s his father’s posthumous birthday and he’s busy at the Shrine and also he has a performance but took time off to show support for the protesters.
“Don’t be intimidated,” he told the protesters.
He added that it’s their right to protest peacefully and asked them not to back down.
He attended the protest with his son Made Kuti.
Femi Kuti later took to Twitter to write:
“Got to Alausa a while ago but Hijackers had left. Continue the fight!”