We Are Chasing Fraudsters And Not Musicians – EFCC Boss

We Are Chasing Fraudsters And Not Musicians – EFCC Boss

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has refuted claims that the anti-graft agency was clamping down on artists.

“The EFCC does not go after any innocent person , ” EFCC boss Ibrahim Magu said during an interactive session with artists , comedians and On-Air-Personalities (OAP) at the EFCC Headquarters , Jabi , Abuja.
“Our mandate is to rid Nigeria of any form of economic and financial crimes , and internet fraud is not excluded”

Making reference to the recent prosecution of popular musician , Afeez Fashola , aka Naira Marley , for charges bordering on internet fraud , Magu , in an EFCC statement noted that the EFCC was not “chasing” musicians.

The anti-agency boss said the arrest of Naira Marley followed a proper procedure.

“There is always intelligence report that our officers get and investigate before effecting a warrant of arrest , and we don’t arrest innocent people ,

He said.

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Naira Marley was arrested on Friday , May 10 due to his recent statements advocating activities of internet fraudsters , popularly called Yahoo boys.

In an Instagram live session , Naira Marley urged Nigerians to pray for Yahoo boys saying internet fraudsters are the reason money circulates to the common man.


“All you guys , all the money in your pockets , all the money you spend , you think it’s the government that is making the money go round?”

Marley said.

Asides Marley , EFCC also arrested another music star Zlatan Ibile with real name Temidayo Raphael in connection with internet fraud.

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The duo was arrested on Friday alongside Tiamiu Abdulrahman Kayode , Adewunmi Adeyanju Moses and Abubakar Musa in connection with an alleged case of internet fraud and money laundering.

However , Magu , who lamented at increasing cases of internet fraud , said EFCC earlier in 2019 constituted a task team to drastically reduce the activities of internet fraudsters.

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He charged Nigerian artistes and comedians to join the anti-graft agency in the fight against corruption , particularly internet fraud , and to lend their voices to the ongoing anti-corruption fight.

“You have a very wide reach , so lend us your voices , please let your works propagate and promote integrity and the right values ,

Magu said.

“I have always stressed that we cannot claim to have the monopoly of knowledge of how to fight corruption at the EFCC.”

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