Embattled Nigerian musician Naira Marley gave details about himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a statement given on oath while in custody.
In a statement obtained by the Punch Newspaper, Naira Marley highlighted his marital status, his wives and children and the ownership of the laptop in his possession. He told the anti-graft agency that he is only a musician and not a fraudster.
“My name is Azeez Fashola.
“I am married to two wives and I have four kids. They are all British citizens staying in the United Kingdom.
“I studied in the United Kingdom, started studying at Porlock Hall, then I moved to Walworth School where I received my GCSE.
“My results for my GCSE are English (C), Maths (B) and Science (C).
“I left Walworth School with my qualification and went further to study at Peckham Academy, where I got distinction in Business.
“Then, I went further to study at Crossways College where I finished my Business Law; but I had kids at that time, so I took a break and started making music till date.”
The singer explained in his note that the laptop in his possession was not his own but only given to him for a temporary use to upload his songs and music videos to YouTube.
“I started making music in 2014 individually (sic), but now I’m signed to Marathon, a United Kingdom-based record label.
“I had a deal with Coca-Cola for my song, Issa Goal, in which I featured Olamide and Lil Kesh.
“I also had deals with Nike to participate in the Nigerian sportswear (sic).
“I’m in possession of a MacBook laptop, which I borrowed from a friend named Yad Isril in England, because while returning to Nigeria, I knew I was going to need a laptop to upload my music videos on YouTube and also to keep my exclusive songs.”
He also denied any knowledge of what was inside the laptop except his music videos and songs.
“I’m in possession of the laptop but I have no idea what is on it apart from my music videos.”, he said.
“He owns the butcher’s and an electronics shop in England. He is a British citizen, though his family is from Iraq.
“I don’t have a personal laptop at the moment because I don’t need it.
“My management team handles everything I need to do on the laptop. I only use my iPhone X for everything I do,” he said.
Tomorrow May 30, Naira Marley would appear before a Lagos High Court for his bail hearing.