In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 05th, July, 2020

Three Weeks After, Nigerian Authorities But To Arrest Naira Marley For Breaching COVID-19 Guidelines

Three Weeks After, Nigerian Authorities Yet To Arrest Naira Marley For Breaching COVID-19 Rules

Naira Marley

Naira Marley

Three weeks after he breached the interstate journey ban to carry out at an Abuja live performance, controversial Nigerian singer, Azeez Fashola, often known as Naira Marley, is but to be arrested or prosecuted.

Not one of the organisers of the live performance has additionally been arrested or prosecuted.

The live performance was put collectively by Play Community Africa, Visitors Bar, and El’Carnival, and was sponsored by Glenfiddich.

In clear defiance of authorities’ restriction on intestate travels, the singer flew inside a non-public jet from Lagos to Abuja to carry out on the sold-out live performance held at Jabi Lake Mall, earlier than he reportedly flew again to Lagos.

In defence, the federal authorities mentioned it authorized the flight that flew within the singer, however it was meant to fly in a justice, Adefope Okojie, from Lagos to Abuja and again to Lagos “for important functions and never the musician.”

As a deterrence for violating the ban on public gatherings, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) sealed Jabi Lake Mall, the venue of the live performance.

Following this, the aviation minister, Hadi Sirika, introduced that Government Jets Companies Ltd, house owners of the non-public jet, had been suspended indefinitely.

He added that the captain who operated the flight “can be sanctioned for deceptive the management tower.”

The aviation firm’s chief government officer, Sam Iwu, then got here out to apologise for flying Naira Marley to the Abuja live performance, saying Marley’s identify was mistaken for “Fashola Babatunde,” works and housing minister.

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Manifest of the flight seen by this newspaper confirmed that there have been 10 people on the flight. They included: Adewunmi Segun, Chinonso Opara, Fashola Babatunde, Fashola Adeshina, Adeyeye Tobi, Micheal Opeyemi, Idowu Emmanuel, Seyi Awonuga, Knowledge Intoto, and Abayomi Akin.

Mr Iwu mentioned his agency was tricked into flying a “bunch of ineffective folks,” an announcement that Marley denounced, tweeting “(it) isn’t solely defamation however oppressive. The assertion by the CEO is conceited and foolish. #NobodyIsUseless.”

The live performance and what adopted sparked outrage on social media on the time. Some Nigerians drew a parallel between the occasion and that of Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, who was on April 6, arrested and fined for internet hosting a celebration in her Lekki residence in violation of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Naira Marley, who isn’t a stranger to controversies, was additionally indicted when he confirmed up on the get together which Akinedele organised in honour of her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, often known as JJC Skillz.

Repeated calls and textual content messages in search of to get feedback from the FCT police spokesperson, Anjuguri Manzah, between Saturday and Sunday weren’t answered.

On his half, the chairman, FCT ministerial job power, Attah Ikharo, when requested why the singer and his cohorts haven’t been arrested and charged for breaching the lockdown directive, mentioned it’s the job of the Lagos State authorities.

He mentioned he regretted that his group was unable to arrest the singer earlier than he flew out of the FCT, however he maintained that the accountability is now on the doorstep of the Lagos State authorities.

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Requested if the duty power of every state shares intelligence, he mentioned they don’t on enforcement grounds, however they achieve this on well being grounds.

In the meantime, the Lagos State chief press secretary, Gboyega Akoshile, mentioned the state authorities by no means banned interstate journey, however the federal authorities did.

He added that it’s the “job of the federal authorities” to implement its directives, whereas the state authorities “can solely assist.”


“It actually doesn’t concern the Lagos authorities. It’s an unique obligation of the federal authorities,”
he mentioned.

Additionally, the spokesperson of the airport police command of Lagos State, Alabi Joseph, mentioned all which were achieved are the punitive measures meted out on the airline, the venue of the live performance and a few attendees of the occasions by Abuja authorities.

However he promised the Lagos State police will overview the following step to “take over the matter.”

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