Nigerian rapper, Ruggedman has come out to deny any involvement in the arrest of fellow musician, Naira Marley and his cohorts.

In a statement published by the musician, he said that despite Naira Marley’s acts of disrespect towards him, he didn’t have a hand in his arrest.

He wrote: “I never responded to Naira Marley’s invective nor those of his fans, same way I have not responded to any of the negative comments from social media.

I note that saying I was “happy in a way” about his arrest has evidently frayed some nerves and for that I apologise. It was in hope that it would serve as deterrent for persons who might consider the said ills or need to make a u-turn. It by no means was intended to wish for his downfall. It perhaps was not a good choice of word in hindsight. I do not look forward to anyone’s downfall but rather hope we all learn from the situation.

I hereby state categorically that I had nothing to do with his arrest. We all must recall that he glorified fraud on a public platform where security agencies like the Police, NDLEA and EFCC are also on. I am sure they saw his posts and captions the same way we all did. I, however, was the one that cautioned him. I guess this was what led all the darts and arrows my way as a literal mortal retribution to my person.”

Naira Marley and Zlatan Ibile were arrested on Friday in Lekki by officials of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).