naira Mar­ley and Zla­tan ibile’s ar­rest

The Punch - - SATURDAY BEATS -

The Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion ar­rested two fast-ris­ing artistes, Afeez Fashola (Naira Mar­ley) and Temi­dayo Omoniyi (Zla­tan Ibile), in May, at Ikate, Lekki, La­gos, for their al­leged in­volve­ment in ad­vance fee fraud and In­ter­net-re­lated of­fences. Zla­tan was re­leased a few days later along­side some others on ad­min­is­tra­tive bail but Naira Mar­ley re­mained in their cus­tody be­cause there was said to be over­whelm­ing

ev­i­dence against him. The ar­rest gen­er­ated a lot of dis­course among the artistes’ fans and crit­ics. Celebritie­s were also not left out as some pleaded for le­niency for him and de­clared their un­wa­ver­ing sup­port for him by declar­ing that they were ‘Mar­lians’. Since his re­lease, Naira Mar­ley has be­come one of the most pop­u­lar artistes in the coun­try.

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