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Naira Marley Held In Custody Over Evidence Recovered, Zlatan Released

After five days in detention, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) released Nigerian fast-rising musician, Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael (aka Zlatan). However, Afeez Fashola (aka Naira Marley) is still in their custody.


While still on bail, Zlatan, who EFCC released with his three crews members on Tuesday night, will report daily to the EFCC office. They also released his crew members, Tiamiu Abdulrahman Kayode, Adewunmi Adeyanju Moses and Abubakar Musa. The 24-year-old “Shaku Shaku” crooner will report alongside two other crew members the commission freed.


EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, confirmed that they released the suspects on administrative bail.

“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. We will make the charges known in an official statement soon.”


Naira Marley

Meanwhile, EFCC still holds Naira Marley in custody for evidence they recovered. This evidence will reportedly reveal his affiliations with Internet fraud (Yahoo Yahoo). The musician is popular for promoting the fraudulent act through his songs and social media.


Zlatan, Naira Marley and the three crew members had been arrested in the early hours of Friday, 10th May 2019. Their arrest was in association with an EFCC operation to curb Cyber Crime. It came after they suspected him of having Yahoo Yahoo affiliations.


EFCC is strictly targeting internet fraudsters by launching the Operation Cyber Storm. They have successfully arrested over 150 suspects across the country since January 2019.


With the evidence found on Naira Marley’s laptop, he is reportedly going to remain in their custody. A source says, in the light of the evidence found, EFCC might charge him to court.

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