Entertainers are not above the law. Whenever they err just like everyone, they face the consequence.
In this special report, TheNewsGuru takes a look Nigerian singers who have had a brush with the law.
Popular rapper, Babalola Falemi aka Sauce Kid (Sinzu) back in 2017 was arrested in the US for aggravated identity theft.
He was sentenced to two years in jail after he pleaded guilty to the crime, which was defined in the US penal code as the unlawful taking of the property of another person or business, ranging from $1000 to $500,000.
According to reports, Sinzu was said to have whipped over 15 bank cards, encoded the bank numbers into blank cards, changed the PINs, and withdrew cash from Automated Teller Machines. He allegedly stole $15,388 from the unsuspecting victims.Sadly,he served his sentence in a federal prison and has since become a free man.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission detained ‘Tesumole’ crooner Naira Marley, and four others in relation to alleged advance fee fraud and related cyber crimes on May 10, 2019.
The singer was arrested shortly after his song, ‘Am I a Yahoo Boy’ was released. He was slammed with 11- count charges and arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos.
In the same vein, back in December 2019, the ‘Inside Life’ singer was declared wanted by the police. It was alleged that the singer, his two siblings and a cousin had driven away a car that hit his motorcade on their way to a show on Victoria Island, Lagos. The charges against the singer were later withdrawn by the police.
Burna Boy is no doubt one of the biggest singers in Africa at the moment. However back in 2017, the ‘On the low’ singer was arrested for alleged involvement in the robbery of his colleague, Abiye Jumbo, popularly called Mr 2kay. He was subsequently arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on two counts of ‘accessory to after fact and failing to give information to the police on the attack’.
Before his arraignment, the singer had been declared wanted by the then Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, following his refusal to respond to an invitation by the police.
Four suspects, including Burna Boy’s road manager, Joel Kantiock, had been paraded for allegedly robbing Mr 2Kay on October 22, 2017, in his room at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, after a show.
The suspects allegedly confessed that Burna Boy mobilised them with an initial cash sum of N50,000 and a later a sum of N50,000 to carry out the attack.