Last week Friday, we heard that Nigerian musician and Am I a Yahoo boy crooner Naira Marley was arrested by officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Lagos for cyber fraud, alongside Zlatan Ibile and three others.
This week, while the others have been released on bail, Naira Marley remains in EFCC custody and will be arraigned on an 11-count charge next week Monday.
Naira Marley to be arraigned on 11-count charge on Monday, May 20, 2019.
— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) May 16, 2019Advertisement
— SubDeliveryZone (@SubDeliveryZone) May 16, 2019
Serves him right
Naira Marley got what he deserved, God bless EFCC on this.pic.twitter.com/KzwnCy0JyR
— 🇺🇸Daddy Pastor🇳🇬 (@MyGanjaMind) May 17, 2019
I won't be surprised if Naira Marley end in jail for some few years. That's the result of being a blabbermouth
Lesson learnt: it's your phone and data, but always be mindful of what you post on social media
— Safiyanu (@_Sufy2) May 16, 2019
Naira Marley's case is a typical example of "Trouble dey sleep, yanga go wake am".
— Deacon Tolu⛪ (@Bams_Jnr) May 17, 2019
The Nigerian Music Industry is rife with folks whose alternative source of income is also fraud, but they all keep a low profile.
Uncle Naira Marley thought he was immune cuz he knows Olamide. By the time you're out, you'll switch to Gospel music & be featuring Frank Edwards. https://t.co/Ag3jwTrqLG
— Harri Obi™ (@Harri_Obi) May 16, 2019
Read more reactions here.
Naira Marley’s predicament aside, the real star of the story is Guccy Branch, one of the young men arrested alongside the artiste.
Incase you don’t know who Guccy Branch is;
Lemme introduce you to the #GuccyBranchCaptionChallenge lord.
He's a king in the caption game. pic.twitter.com/cxfihtEI0X
— D'Radio VybKyng. ❁ (@TurakinArewa) May 14, 2019
He started out as a meme last week
Guy on Gucci : see as this one dey pose 4 pics
NairaMarley : Me wey I dey enjoy D free publicity I jst dey chill make davido come bail me
: Na me go snitch on u las las.. Cuz I no fit kon rotten 4 prison.
— pure9jamusic (@pure9jamusic) May 11, 2019
Naira Marley and Zlatan poses at Efcc dungeon.
The short guy face tho💀😂 My own don finish. pic.twitter.com/ySXjsqsORc
— jessica clark 🇳🇬🇳🇬 (@strawapril) May 10, 2019
EFCC : Timmy give me the names of noise makers
Me : this one, this one, Naira Marley, Zlantan and that guy.
First guy: ah aunty, I wasn't there o, I was sleeping in the class, I didnt make any noise ma, ma aswear, ask timmy, timmy say the truth now 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/poKOKkl0Fu
— Ekiti fess lady (@Timmy_ally1) May 10, 2019
— Riggga Marley (@OlorunfemiSamod) May 11, 2019
He went through plenty wardrobe changes this week
At this point, I'm done with y'all.
Who did this??? 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/5zrH9e1wEQ
— Lidocaine (@trending_medic) May 14, 2019
Best so far. Sir Guccy branch first of his name, knight of the seven kingdoms and defender of EleGuccy pic.twitter.com/Ouaasqzshq
— Capt Oluwakinzo (@wandelakanu) May 13, 2019
Why yall doing my man Guccybranch this way pic.twitter.com/59hRUBR0DP
— REKE REKE (@TheReke_) May 14, 2019
When you have a brother that you want to go help escape from Daenarys but EFCC doesn't even want you to escape. pic.twitter.com/1n47t3RsYD
— Oscar-Romero (@SirOscarRomero) May 14, 2019
Then someone found him on Instagram, check out his captions
They've found the Gucci man. 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/pkignBf3PM
— World Publicist (@IsimaOdeh) May 13, 2019
— Funke Fatai ❤ #Bbnaija (@phunkeyfunny) May 14, 2019
— IG – Demo_uk (@DemonLomoLatile) May 14, 2019
Ramadan Kareem 🌙✨
— Laolao (@itz_laolao) May 14, 2019
— Idris (@Crhedrys) May 14, 2019
Liked by bill gates, alike dangote, femi otedola, obo badays, brada shaggy and 13,298 others In sha Allah mmm their year everyone is happy ❤️🙌🏼🎧 #guccybranchcaptionchallenge pic.twitter.com/N6eSjhjy6t
— Miss Tee (@horladunney) May 14, 2019
Liked officials sirehabbiibb Dharblue kemicalbrodar hokayy ola OG isima Ladispeas and 17,000 Others we buy bens 2019 insha Allahu mmm pic.twitter.com/PEiqv6R7Yq
— Biyi The Plug 🔌 (@BiyiThePlug) May 13, 2019
Liked by davido small doctor expensive aboki wire wire official guccy branch zlatan ibile Mmm god bless you Jago this year by rolls Royce Beverly glen zanku this year god bless everybody ameeeen mmm🔌💰⛏✌🏼💛#GuccyBranchCaptionChallenge pic.twitter.com/VJS0LwQmBG
— 𝓞𝓵𝔂 ✨ (@FirstLove04_) May 14, 2019
— Fictionary (@PhantomIsGuilty) May 14, 2019
Read on for other trending topics on social media this week.
Of Netflix’s Lucifer, Mike Bamiloye and Mount Zion Films Production
On Monday this week, Joshua Bamiloye, son of Mike Bamiloye — popular Nigerian gospel actor and producer and founder of Mount Zion Films Production — took to Twitter to share his opinion on popular Netflix series, Lucifer. Find it below.
There’s a show
Azin the devil o lol
Knowing how captivating foreign series can be,
You still watch.
Now you LOVE the character; Lucifer,
Like Jack Bauer.
And somehow you think,
the devil isn’t winning your soul over…
— Joshua Mike-Bamiloye (@jay_mikee) May 13, 2019
Read the entire thread here.
“Christianity and logic don’t mix” -The basis of religious brainwash.
And you wonder why Nigerian Christians online are getting pissed and believe they’re going to hell for watching a fictional character called Lucifer on TV🙃
— Jennie (@jenniedan__) May 15, 2019
This Lucifer talk just shows how extremely Gullible you Nigerian Christians are .
If you don't like it, don't watch it.
What do they teach you people in church?
If I was Jesus ,there is no way stupid people are entering my Father's Kingdom, God forbid.. https://t.co/aF28SQgFJd
— William Ukpe (@UyaiWilliamUkpe) May 15, 2019
All these guys making noise about “Lucifer” (the show) have obviously not seen Sabrina. When you hear “praise satan,” your Christianity will just vanish lol.
— Chinelo (@chinel__o) May 14, 2019
Pack your brand of 90s "fear and awe" Christianity and open your church.
If they like, let them name the show Belial or Beelzebub.
If it bangs, I will watch. https://t.co/o06uSlEkO7
— Joey Akan (@JoeyAkan) May 14, 2019
Then we saw these;
Your dad's poorly researched, badly scripted and low budget attempt at movies didn't do Christianity any favors either.
Y'all basically scarred people for life. https://t.co/FyJcavL2qD
— FOLA (@TheFavoredWoman) May 14, 2019
I will say it again so you can all froth in the mouth.
Mount Zion movies and the brand of Christianity they preached were trash.
Their theology was limited, erroneous and damaging.
They encouraged paranoia and cooked up conspiracy theories as facts.
I said what I said.
— FOLA (@TheFavoredWoman) May 14, 2019
Mount Zion movies traumatized me.
Witches, demon possessions and all sorts…
— FOLA (@TheFavoredWoman) May 14, 2019
Mount Zion and Mike Bamiloye began to trend on Twitter Nigeria
Nah. That Fola babe went too far. Haba! A whole Mike Bamiloye, the Mount Zion film legend? It's not his fault if those movies traumatized you while growing up, after all some of them were clearly censored 18.
Those movies formed the bedrock of the average Christians.
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) May 14, 2019
Mount Zion movies shaped my thoughts and believes. I’m very grateful to it because it’s one of the things that helped me become the Atheist I am today. ♥️😢 much love to Mount Zion films ,been fucking people up since way back 🤗🤗🤗 https://t.co/w132QimwcN
— Mitya. (@DiaryOfMitya) May 15, 2019
You guys are just attacking Fola … the question is Did Mike Bamiloye’s movies do Christianity in Nigeria any favors?
It built hypocrites and fear mongers, creating the “fall down and die movement” making people blame divinity as an excuse for failure rather than their laziness https://t.co/C8HMxkPOGI
— Being Human is not Enough (@realdanielemeka) May 14, 2019
That Fola's tweet about Mike Bamiloye & her supporters comments show how rude a lot of Nigerians are.
Just because you use an iPhone, have a twitter account, own a car shouldn't make you lose your home training.
— Kemi Ariyo (@d_problemsolver) May 15, 2019
No Mike Bamiloye slander will be tolerated
Mike Bamiloye shall not be disrespected. Shalom
— BellaRose Iyere-Okojie (@BellaRoseO) May 14, 2019
There shall be no Mike Bamiloye slander in my space. My entire family respects them to the bones. You will be blocked if you slander them. 😂😂😂😂
— Uncle Sola (@solaadio) May 14, 2019
Nobody gonna slander Mount Zion movies on my watch, that was my entire childhood. Pst Mike Bamiloye is the GOAT abeg. https://t.co/TuKZArR7AX
— Aniboy (@Niekan_) May 14, 2019
Mike Bamiloye will forever remain a LEGEND when the history of Christian movies in Nigeria is written. He was a trailblazer. Facts Only.
— Adebayo Bankole Akintunde (@AdeBanqie) May 14, 2019
I'm not even a fan of Mount Zion Films but trust me, Mike and Gloria Bamiloye are not the reason for your miserable and worthless lives.
— bigBaDwolF (@theofficialFEMI) May 14, 2019
1) No Christian should be watching anything that glorifies the devil
2) Mount Zion movies are very toxic and traumatic mentally.
These two things are both true and unrelated. We are adults, let's have nuanced conversations abeg.
— Ehi Enabs (@ehienabs) May 14, 2019
Twitter people can lie sha! Fadeyi oloro did not scar you. Igbo Irunmole did not scar you. Ogunde film did not scar you. Oyin Adejobi did not scar you. It’s Mount Zion that scarred you. pic.twitter.com/IG3wqNRw0D
— Uncle Sola (@solaadio) May 16, 2019
The backlash on Mike Bamiloye 's son is just a preview into the future.
The persecution of the Church prophesied is coming.
Soon, everything that glorifies Jesus and stands for ancient truths will be hugely unpopular.
Wokeness. Secular Humanism.
— TCHIKAY (@chyke777) May 14, 2019
Read more reactions here.
John Otieno is trending in Kenya
Following the ongoing crackdown on suspected fake gold merchants ordered by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, billionaire business man John Otieno was arrested yesterday in his palatial Nairobi suburban home.
— NationBreakingNews (@NationBreaking) May 16, 2019
Apparently, John Otieno is well known for his fake gold scam and was even arrested two years ago for “obtaining money by pretending to be in a position to export gold from Kenya to foreign countries,” according to reports.
Jared Otieno got balls, made of steel. How do you swindle Dubai Prince with fake gold by grinding padlocks then expect to drive newly bought Porsche and Bentley in peace?
Huyu atajua hajui……ataendesha kwa viusasa. pic.twitter.com/e1reDM4Wjk
— Cyprian Nyakundi Escobar (@CisNyakundi) May 16, 2019
Jared Otieno just took one for the team..This fake Gold and fake dollars racket is bigger that we think. Political bigwigs are deep in it.
But before we know it Jared Otieno will be released on a 5million bond then we'll all forget about it and wait for another scandal..KENYA.
— Nick™ (@Kiplimo_Nick) May 16, 2019
This Jared Otieno saga just proves that most of those you see driving big cars and living in huge mansions, stink to the high heavens. Tosheka na yako kidogo.
— Ndiba wa Wanjiku (@Ndiba11) May 16, 2019
Who the fuck is Jared Otieno anyway………………….and why do we in #Kenya call Fraudsters & Money Launderers "Businessmen"?
— youth without future (@YWFkenya) May 16, 2019
Controversial businessman, Jared Otieno, who is allegedly behind the gold syndicate, was this morning arraigned, with investigating officers seeking to detain him for 14 days to complete investigations. #K24NewsCut w/ @shikshaarora_ , Lenox Sengre pic.twitter.com/6ZmoNTdWS6
— K24 TV (@K24Tv) May 17, 2019
Investigators probing a high profile gold fraud case that has loped in a serving Senator, have been given 7 more days to hold on of the key suspects Jared Otieno. @MelMyendo#NTVAtOne @Gladys_Gachanja pic.twitter.com/27KrvyWEpn
— NTV Kenya (@ntvkenya) May 17, 2019
Jared Otieno stole from a Billionaire. It's not that baaad. How about these Kenyan politicians stealing billions from poor Kenyans daily? Those are the individuals we should be worried and concerned about
— Denogrant (@Denogrant_) May 16, 2019
Every country has thieves but you'd prefer a thief like Jared Otieno than a thief like Ruto.
One steals from foreigners to invest in Kenya. The other steals from the taxpayers & Eurobond loans to buy voters & politicians.
— Mithu Guigai (@Kamugenius) May 16, 2019
Kenyans condemn Jared Otieno for stealing from foreigners, but they adore those who steal from them.
— Joshua K. Njenga (@JKNjenga) May 16, 2019
Jared Otieno meet your new home. Gold trading is good. pic.twitter.com/bTYCGorGsU
— ty mbugua (@Itsofficial_ty) May 16, 2019
Read more here.
Okon Lagos’s opinion on the #AbujaRaidOnWomen
If you recall, two weeks ago, 70 women were arrested in Abuja by officers of the Nigerian Police Force and accused of prostitution. We later heard news that some the women were raped by police officers while in custody.
These caused an uproar on social media, giving rise to the #SayHerNameNigeria campaign. Anyway, this week popular Nollywood actor and comedian Ime Bishop Umoh popularly known as Okon Lagos had a rather controversial opinion on the issue. Watch the video below.
Okon Lagos defends Abuja policemen who raped ladies arrested over alleged prostitution. Says it is theft not rape pic.twitter.com/zlbEHGfJwc
— Uncle Suru (@unclexofficial) May 15, 2019
Dear Mr Okon. Rape is the worst form of violation anybody can experience in their lives. If it was meant as a joke, you need to know that jokes about rape are NEVER funny. If it wasn’t meant as a joke, then I think you need serious professional help as soon as possible. https://t.co/MOAWvGM2y7
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) May 15, 2019
Just to be clear:
1. These women were never arrested or charged as prostitutes as this is not an offence known to our laws.
2. The FCT operates ACJA 2015 which stipulates that even suspects have a right to dignity.
3. SEX FOR BAIL IS RAPE
4. Okon is clearly a low budget idiot https://t.co/Qo7I79hLzu
— Amara Nwankpa (@Nwankpa_A) May 15, 2019
Just look at the nonsense from this blockhead called Okon. Even when being called out, he can’t even act like he has shame . pic.twitter.com/Af3CL8Jbq5
— #SayHerNameNigeria (@ebelee_) May 15, 2019
“Okon Lagos”, a buffoonish, cliched and increasingly humorless Nollywood actor/character (that one suspects many viewers have since grown tired of) has gone on Instagram to justify rape. He doesn’t think prostitutes can legitimately accuse the Police of rape.
Just imagine. pic.twitter.com/sKB36rTELX
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) May 16, 2019
Some people agree with him
But how can you rape a prostitute?
Okon is right😂 pic.twitter.com/X4y8GAUedm
— Uduak Inwang aka Cavil (@cavilT) May 15, 2019
So because you want to join the trend
You go ahead and start insulting okon without hearing what he said pic.twitter.com/Xc82ODFGZb
— Sammy (@sammydhauder) May 15, 2019
Looking at this from another angle Okon is actually right pic.twitter.com/GHu90H2dXX
— Inspector 🚨 (@Ba3_low) May 16, 2019
Okon is correct
"Ashewo don't have dignity"
If anyone doesn't agree, sniper is just N100.
— Goodluck Jonathan (@arinzeesq) May 16, 2019
When you act dumb in every movies, it eventually starts affecting you in reality. Okon needs urgent help and his movie roles should be changed before it becomes permanent dumbness.
— Yemi of Lagos🌀 (@yemmylosophy_) May 15, 2019
Comedian Okon isn't only dumb in movies, he's also very dumb and stupid in real life.
— Oluwafunmilayo🇳🇬 (@Funmi_kolz) May 15, 2019
Dear Mr Okon,
Look at your posse!!!
Ignorance doesn't see colour,religion or race!!
Shame on all of you!!
'Sips coffee'☕ pic.twitter.com/NjnTKAWw2b
— ~ENITAN•FEYIPITAN~ (@MR_OSUNKOYA) May 17, 2019
There are people who found Okon's video funny? Like actual people? Mark them. Mark rapists. Mark rape apologists. Save yourselves.
— Written By (@DamiElebe) May 15, 2019
Ashamed at Okon Lagos trivializing police brutality and rape.
I hope when Nigeria does what it does to dehumanize her people, and it gets to his family, and loved ones, he will try to crack that joke again.
"The police did not kill my child. They stole his undignified life."
— Joey Akan (@JoeyAkan) May 16, 2019
Lol. Somebody said Okon Lagos was just providing another angle to the rape scenario, not justifying it.
And you say misandry isn't a valid emotion? Okay.
— Lady Voldemort👽 (@sa_vvy_) May 15, 2019
Prostitutes lacks dignity: Comedian Okon releases another video, refuses to apologize for earlier statement. pic.twitter.com/90XvzN3Dtc
— Brother Parody (@BrotherParody) May 16, 2019
Even if we follow Okon Lagos logic, dat Stealing is greater offence than rape in Nigeria (cos rapists walk free & robbers are burnt – which is fucked up anyway) &dat it was Stealing nt Rape, He's still not pushing dat we burn d police officers alive cos they 'stole' from d ladies
— Wale Gates 🇳🇬🇬🇧 (@walegates) May 16, 2019
I understand Okon Lagos. Seconded!pic.twitter.com/7YbmqbRKCg
— Makamba (@ekamakamba) May 16, 2019
Read more reactions here.
This past Sunday, a Nigerian Twitter user named Segun hinted at his plans to commit suicide at 9 PM on that day.
2015 – 189
2016 – 202
2017 – 233
It is now when People wants to send me to school that I will now score 167 in UTME? 167??!
Make I close eyes picks answers sef…Me?? 167??
Meanwhile, I will be teaching y'all how to make Tea with Sniper by 9pm live on twitter.. Tune in. https://t.co/4BnQvMkRhp
— Product of Grace🧢 || Aburo omo iya Ologi.🇳🇬 (@TweetsOfSHEGUN) May 12, 2019
By 9 PM, he started a Twitter Live broadcast where he mixed some milk with Sniper — popular Nigerian pesticide brand — and drank the mixture. Luckily, he was taken the hospital before any serious damage was done. He’s said to be receiving professional help.
A few days after, we heard the story of Chukwemeka Akachi, a student of the University of Nigeria (UNN) who posted a suicide note on Facebook and reportedly downed two bottles Sniper afterwards. Unfortunately, Emeka could not be saved.
Chukwuemeka Akachi, A final year student of English Department, UNN committed suicide yesterday. He died after ingesting 2 bottles of Sniper.
We lost him to depression.
He was 20 years! 😢😢
Depression is REAL. pic.twitter.com/09LZ4DQi5j
— Omar™ (@Omaerike) May 14, 2019
These stories and others circulating social media at the time had some Nigerians pushing for the Nigerian government to place a ban on Sniper.
Federal Government Of Nigeria , Please, Place A Ban On Sniper Now!!!!!!!!!!!! . Please Lets Retweet Till Those In Authority Take Action. pic.twitter.com/ehyIZTOiWR
— Oluwadurotimi Dawodu (@TimiBlaze) May 16, 2019
6 persons committed suicide using Sniper in the last 72 hours and no official statement from the company.
And some people want us to leave sniper alone.
BAN SNIPER NOW!
— Sam Eba (@SamEba_) May 16, 2019
Sri Lanka reduced suicide rates by FIFTY PERCENT by introducing pesticide bans. When you argue, please argue with sense. Thank you. | Thousands of suicides annually could be prevented from a pesticide ban – Vox https://t.co/Zp1QWukhc8
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) May 16, 2019
— ThePSYCHOLOGIST (@yemitwist) May 13, 2019
How does that help?
If you think sniper is the cause of suicide and should be taken out of circulation then your IQ is extremely low
— Mayor of Abuja (@prinzomoniyi) May 17, 2019
For those asking Fedral government to ban sniper.. Please don't forget to add
….the list goes on.
Suicide isn't the answer!!!!… Sniper isn't the problem either pic.twitter.com/19dnz7Vnh3
— BeavTv (@Beaversticks) May 16, 2019
And after that what next?
Ban Guns because guns kill people not humans?
Destroy third mainland bridge because people can jump from there to commit suicide?
Ban food because over feeding can kill?
Sniper is not the problem, tackling depression is the solution. https://t.co/8nBvlaSfrC
— Umeh and 99 others (@UMEHoma) May 16, 2019
I have (Sniper) in my house. My kid brothers stay in the same house too. With the recent stories of suicide flying around, I am no longer comfortable with it. But I don't think banning this product is a solution to the problem. The main issue here is DEPRESSION ⚠️ pic.twitter.com/Xep9jjjdx0
— Leo Ralph 👑 (@iam_leoralph) May 16, 2019
Let’s start paying more attention to mental health instead
If there's a ban or some restriction on sniper & other pesticides, it might help a few.
Suicide help lines also might help a few.
But if we don't start paying closer attention to those around us (family, friends, neighbours & even strangers) these efforts will be waste. pic.twitter.com/0ojgvjmorJ
— ᏂᏋᎥᏁᏋᏦᏋᏁ_ᎷᏗᎶᏁᏋᏖ (@Pharuzzy) May 17, 2019
Those asking for the federal government to place a ban on Sniper are missing the point. Instead of doing that, ask the federal government to pressure them to carry out an advert advocating against suicide..
— Sapiosexual™ (@_Mazimum) May 16, 2019
With this sniper thing, I think parents should be educated on how to treat their kids. Being too hard is not the way forward, comparing them to others doing better than them academically is not the best. They should encourage their children rather than silence them.
— Sally (@is_salsu) May 16, 2019
Sniper is not the problem
Depression is 😔😔😔 pic.twitter.com/i1Xk60nY9s
— Chidiebere Michael (@Cissedinla10) May 16, 2019
Today they are the leading voice on sniper and suicide
Tommorow they are the very person seen dishing out Savage replies on the same platform
You ever wondered if your victims are depressed too?
— 👑Dexter'Miles™ SZN🌍🚀 (@_dextermiles) May 16, 2019
I don’t see anyone questioning the PhD of the other Drs who support the ban on sniper. Maybe I should start telling online thugs that their parents and entire family don’t have a PhD and their miserable life isn’t my fault? Will this work? Because this gentility isn’t working.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) May 16, 2019
Read more here. If you’re battling with depression, please talk to someone and get professional help. Look after your mental health, I am rooting for you.
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