COVID-19: POLICE DETAIN NAIRA MARLEY OVER ABUJA CONCERT

BY Stephen Charles

Azeez Fashola, a singer better known as Naira Marley, has been detained by the Lagos state police command for flouting movement restrictions following a recently staged concert in Abuja.

The controversial music star had earlier made headlines in June after videos surfaced online, showing him boarding an airplane at a time interstate travels were banned and later mingle with fans closely.

On Thursday, Bala Elkana, a spokesperson of the state police command, confirmed that he was arrested and detained over the concert, which had flouted the safety guidelines put in place by the federal government to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The detention will be the second time he’s crossing paths with law enforcement amid the COVID-19 crisis.

In April, Marley was detained alongside Funke Akindele, a Nollywood actress, after the latter hosted a house party that the former attended, despite Lagos’ lockdown measures at the time.

The charges against him were, however, withdrawn following his apology to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos governor, where he promised to abide by all government measures thereafter.

“I hereby apologize to the governor and the good people of Lagos in any manner that I violated the social distancing regulations and stay at home order of the president,” the apology had read in part.

“I undertake to observe, obey, and fully comply with all regulations and directive of the president and governor on the social distancing that seek to curb the read of coronavirus in Nigeria.”

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