Following the release of Zlatan Ibile and three others, the Economic Financial Crimes Commision, EFCC has finally reacted and revealed details of the release and why the fourth suspect, Naira Marley still remains in custody.
However, EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade confirmed that three suspects were released on administrative bail, while the fourth suspect, Naira Marley still remains in custody.
He said, “There is overwhelming evidence against Naira Marley; so we can’t afford to release him on administrative bail like Zlatan and the three others.“That Zlatan has been released does not mean they have been discharged and acquitted. Naira Marley is still in our custody and will be charged to court soon and we will make the charges known in an official statement soon.”
It has also been reported that Davido facilitated Zlatan’s release by allegedly hiring a Senior Advocate of Nigeria who helped in securing the bail of the singer. The EFCC, however, said such report is not true. Zlatan was released alongside his crew members, Tiamiu Abdulrahman Kayode, Adewunmi Adeyanju Moses and Abubakar Musa.
Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael (aka Zlatan), launched his career in 2017. He is best known for his hit song, “My Body” and the “Shaku Shaku” dance step. He became famous in January 2019, after he featured on Davido’s song titled ‘bum bum’.
Naira Marley, on the other hand, is controversial for repeatedly praising Internet fraudsters, popularly called Yahoo boys, in his songs and on social media.
The EFCC last year launched Operation Cyber Storm to curb the activities of Internet fraudsters.Over 150 suspects have been reportedly arrested across the country.
Recall the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arrested two fast-rising artistes, Afeez Fashola (aka Naira Marley) and Temidayo Omoniyi (aka Zlatan), on Friday May 10, 2019 in connection with alleged cases of Internet fraud and money laundering.
The EFCC acting Head, Media and Publicity, Tony Orilade, in a statement, said intelligence report had also linked them to cybercrime offences.Orilade added that the artistes were arrested along with three other suspects, Tiamiu Abdulrahman, Adewunmi Adeyanju and Musa Abubakar, following an early morning raid at 9, Gbangbola Street, Ikate, Lekki, Lagos.
“At the point of arrest, the Commission found and recovered a number of items, including laptops from the suspects. They have so far volunteered useful information about their involvement in the alleged criminal activities, even as investigations continue,” the statement said.
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Sources: Yabaleftonline And Punch