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    5 Nigerian Artists that have been arrested

    Nigerian artists are known for their swag, fashion style, drama but sometimes they get involved in crimes that can get messy.

     

    Nigerian Artists that have been arrested
    Nigerian Artists that have been arrested

     

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    Celebrities are human but this simple fact gets forgotten especially by fans who have placed them on a high pedestal.  So it could be surprising when they get in trouble with the law.

    Like we all know, nobody is immune to being served with jail terms especially when found guilty of any crime. Some of your favorite artists have at some point gotten themselves in trouble with the law.

    For some, their status in society couldn’t save them, while for others, it was more like being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

     

    Sinzu/Sauce Kid

    Sinzu

    Babalola Falemi popularly known as Sauce Kid and Sinzu was one of the biggest and promising rappers in the early 2010s. His career was one which critics and fans followed with interest because of the style of his sounds. Every song he featured and released at his prime was a monster hit.

    In 2016, the gist began to spread that Sinzu had been arrested for grand theft and other related offenses.

    The rapper was accused of stealing bank card numbers and identifying information of their owners. He allegedly stole $15,388 from the unsuspecting victims.

    In 2018, the rapper was released from prison and went on to sign to a record label deal with Davido’s DMW.

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    Dammy Krane

    Dammy Krane

    Dammy Krane was one of the promising singers a few years ago. After signing to music icon, 2Face Idibia‘s Hypertek Records, it was assumed a new star was born. That wasn’t the case as the singer was always getting himself in trouble and the media was having a full of it.

    The straw that broke the camel’s back for Dammy Krane’s larger than life character was in 2017 when an American jet company, Tapjets, accused the singer of using five different credit cards that did not belong to him while trying to book a private jet with them.

    He was arrested and sent to jail for theft, credit card scam, and fraud. He was released from jail in Miami after meeting his bail conditions, set at $7,500, after pleading not guilty to the charges and demanded a trial by jury.

     

    Naira Marley

    Naira Marley

    One of the biggest singers in Nigeria at the moment is Naira Marley. The singer has in the last two years went from a relatively unknown singer to the biggest singer in Nigeria in weeks.

    However, this hasn’t come without a lot of drama. In May 2019, Naira Marley was arrested by men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over internet fraud.

    His arraignment for a long time, will go as the most televised and talked about in the Nigerian pop culture tales. The court premises were filled with security details and fans who wanted to catch a glimpse of the singer. He was remanded in prison custody and later got bailed after appearing in court for the second time.
    In 2020, the drama continued as he was arrested twice for flouting COVID-19 rules both times, the recent arrest he was fined 200,000 for performing at an Abuja concert.

     

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    Zlatan

    Zlatan

    Zlatan’s case with law Enforcement was purely based on his association with Naira Marley. He and Marley were arrested on the same day alongside two others by the EFCC.

    He and the two others were let go as there wasn’t any evidence to hold them but Naira Marley was held back by the EFCC.

     

    Skales

    Skales

    Nigerian rapper, Skales was arrested alongside his erstwhile manager Osagie, for defrauding his record label, Baseline Records in 2016.

    The duo was accused of also diverting the funds meant for the record label. According to Baseline, Skales and his manager were making funds that weren’t documented. The rapper was eventually freed but his manager spent longer time with the police before regaining her freedom.

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