Naira Marley visits NDLEA, urges youths to shun drug abuse

Nigerian artiste, Azeez Fashola aka Naira Marley, who is
popularly referred to as “Igbo labi,” (loosely translated as “marijuana born”)
has called on Nigerian youths to shun drug abuse, during his visit to the
Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brigadier General Buba Marwa, on


In a video obtained by our correspondent, the “Jo Soapy”
crooner who is widely known to promote drug use among other social vices in his
songs and music videos, made the declaration at the headquarters of the NDLEA
in Abuja, adding that drug abuse is dangerous to people’s health.


“It’s your boy Naira Marley, I’ll like to urge my fans –
Marlians and all Nigerian youths to stop doing drugs because it’s not good for
your well-being. Stop substance abuse of any form; I’ve keyed into this
campaign to support the NDLEA to stop drugs on the streets. It’s not good, it
makes you go back to doing crime,” Naira Marley said.


Reacting to the development, the spokesperson for the NDLEA,
Femi Babafemi, said, “See who’s on board @ndlea_nigeria War Against Drug Abuse
advocacy campaign; it’s your favourite, Naira Marley.”


Recall that in February, 2022, operatives of the
NDLEA arrested two of his associates, singers Oniyide Azeez aka Zinoleesky, and
his colleague Ilerioluwa Oladimeji aka Mohbad after a midnight raid on their
residence in Lagos.


Both artistes became household names after they featured
Naira Marley in their songs and made cameo appearances in his videos.


The arrest was made public after videos surfaced online
showing officials of the agency in a scuffle with the two artistes. The suspects
streamed the moment the NDLEA rounded them up and proceeded to cuff them on
their respective Instagram pages.


Confirming the arrests in February, 2022, the NDLEA
spokesperson said the anti-narcotics agency recovered cannabis and Molly during
the raid.


“Our men raided an area in Idado Estate where Bịara Market
boys stay. As a result, some quantities of cannabis sativa and Molly were
recovered from their apartment and car. Six persons were arrested in all. Two
females and four males,” Babafemi said.


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