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A storm of reactions by Nigerians has greeted the arrest of Nigerian singer, Azeez Fashola, better known as Naira Marley by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigeria’s anti-graft agency.

Naija News had reported earlier that the fast-rising singer is currently being quizzed at the EFFC office in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city.

The report said EFCC spokesperson could not be reached early on Friday to confirm the arrest but added that a top source at the agency confirmed the arrest.

Although the reason behind Naira Marley’s arrest is yet to be made public, it might be in connection with his stance on internet fraud popularly called Yahoo Yahoo in Nigeria.

This online news platform recalls that the singer said in April that internet fraudsters (Yahoo boys) are crucial to the circulation of money in the Nigerian economy.

Naija News reports that Naira Marley made this comment during an Instagram live session on Tuesday, April 23.

During the session, Naira Marley urged Nigerians to pray for internet fraudsters (Yahoo boys) “as they are crucial to the circulation of money in the economy.”

“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? You better sit down and pray for yahoo boys. If dem stop yahoo, the money would not pass you guys.

“The money will go like this, from Obasanjo to Tinubu, from Tinubu to Mr Japa, you think me I need Yahoo? I make money from my music,” the ‘Japa’ crooner had said.

Naija News can report that the singer was arrested by the EFCC days after he released “Am I A Yahoo Boy” single, a song which had since become a “national anthem.”

Moments after Naira Marley was arrested by the EFCC, Nigerians took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter to air their opinions on the arrest.

Naija News captured some of the reactions below…


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Philips is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News. He is an experienced journalist with a demonstrated history of working in the media production industry. Skilled in News Writing, Social Media, Copy Editing, Online Journalism, and Digital Media. Strong media and communication professional with a degree focused in Mass Communication/Media Studies from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ). || Die-hard Chelsea fan. ||Proudly from Akwa Ibom State, South-south Nigeria.

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