Michael Ugochukwu Stephens popularly known as Ruggedman has reacted to claims that he has a hand in budding Nigerian singer, Naira Marley’s arrest.
The veteran rapper has declared he has no hand in it whatsoever, as he claims that all he did was to caution young artist who has influence against making utterances about an issue that is globally considered a crime.
Ruggedybaba as he’s fondly called, further disclosed that he’s got nothing against the arrested singer despite the disrespect to his person.
His statement reads in part;
“I have read and heard all sorts of comments pertaining to the Naira Marley case and seen the misinformation making the rounds which is quite unfortunate to say the least. I do not know Naira Marley personally, the same way I do not know the over 300 Nigerians I have gotten justice for against police brutality.”
“I do it because it is who I am. All I did was caution a young artist, who has influence, against making utterances about an issue that by global standard is considered a crime. I believe correcting this was the way to go as an elder, but got insulted for this even by those being misled.”
“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 who was arrested alongside Zlatan Ibile and 3 others on May 10 by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and many have since connected the singer’s arrest to his vocal support and defence of internet fraudsters popularly known as ‘Yahoo-Yahoo’ on social media and even going as far as to say that cybercrime is not a crime.