Today is the day we get to know the fate of musician Naira Marley, real name Azeez Fashola and even though there has been mixed feelings regarding his case, the “Issa Goal” crooner has cried out that he is not a criminal and is in fact a family man, with two wives and four kids.
According to a statement released to The Punch, the musician denied being involved in criminal activities and claimed that he does nothing else but store music videos and his songs on the laptop, contrary to reports by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Read his official statement below:
“My name is Azeez Fashola. I am married to two wives and I have four kids. They are all British citizens staying in the United Kingdom. I studied in the United Kingdom, started studying at Porlock Hall, then I moved to Walworth School where I received my GCSE.“My results for my GCSE are English (C), Maths (B) and Science (C). I left Walworth School with my qualification and went further to study at Peckham Academy, where I got distinction in Business. Then, I went further to study at Crossways College where I finished my Business Law; but I had kids at that time, so I took a break and started making music till date.
I started making music in 2014 individually (sic), but now I’m signed to Marathon, a United Kingdom-based record label. I had a deal with Coca-Cola for my song, Issa Goal, in which I featured Olamide and Lil Kesh. I also had deals with Nike to participate in the Nigerian sportswear (sic).
I’m in possession of a MacBook laptop, which I borrowed from a friend named Yad Isril in England, because while returning to Nigeria, I knew I was going to need a laptop to upload my music videos on YouTube and also to keep my exclusive songs.
I’m in possession of the laptop but I have no idea what is on it apart from my music videos. He owns the butcher’s and an electronics shop in England. He is a British citizen, though his family is from Iraq. I don’t have a personal laptop at the moment because I don’t need it.
My management team handles everything I need to do on the laptop. I only use my iPhone X for everything I do,” he wrote.
The EFCC had arrested the artiste on May 10, 2019 for alleged advance fee fraud together with Omoniyi Temidayo (aka Zlatan Ibile) and three others.
Following his arraignment at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, on May 20, 2019, Justice Oweibo ordered that Naira Marley be remanded in prison custody until May 30 to take the bail application filed by the defence counsel, Taiwo Oreagba, on behalf of his client.