Top Nigerian Celebrities Who Have Been Linked With Drug Trafficking
Most celebrities worldwide are known for their somewhat flamboyant lifestyles and their Nigerian counterparts are not any different. However, in a bid to live up to these expectations, some of them involve themselves in untenable acts, amongst which is drug trafficking.
While some were wrongly accused and later exonerated, other top celebrities were actually arrested, and ultimately jailed amidst drug-related allegations. Below is a list of top Nigerian celebrities that were once linked with drug offences in no particular order.
ROLAND OLUBUKOLA OLOMOLA (BABA ARA)
When Baba Ara died on August 31, 2004, his death had all the hallmarks of mystery. He died at the peak of his fame when he was just 42 years old, and the rumours that surrounded his death even made him more popular after his death than when he was alive. Most circulated rumor at the time, was that Baba Ara was a cocaine pusher. However, the rumors were quickly squashed by the late singer’s producer/manager, James Fasanya, who also happens to be his childhood friend. Speaking to journalists, Fasanya revealed how, as at the time of his death, Baba Ara had only N300,000.00 in his bank account.
Revealing further, he explained how N200,000.00 of that sum was the money paid into the late musician’s account a few days before his death for a show they were supposed to perform. People alleged that he was a cocaine pusher, yet that man struggled for three years to build the only house he had.” In a sad and low tone, Fasanya said, “can you believe that before his death, his band did not have musical instruments neither did we have a bus like other musicians? Guess the rumors were just what they were. Mischievous and totally unfounded speculations. I mean, drug pushers are never penniless.
In July 2014, news filtered through that the sonorous-voiced singer had been arrested and detained while attempting to travel with the ‘white substance’. The news flourished even more when she didn’t release any single around the time in a quite unusual manner as at then. Yes, she steadily thrilled her fans to singles at least once every two months. However, she later came out to debunk the rumors and we all moved on.
BABATUNDE OMIDINA (BABA SUWE)
Popular comic Nollywood actor, Baba Suwe was stopped at the airport in Lagos on October 12, 2011 as he was about to board a flight.
He was detained for three weeks before being freed on bail.
The comic actor, whose real name is Babatunde Omidina, was held on suspicion of drug trafficking on 12 October after a body scanner at Lagos airport identified suspected drugs in his stomach.
But after more than three weeks in jail, and we’ll over 25 bowel movements, officials from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) admitted he had failed to excrete any drugs. This was what earned him the nickname ‘oyagbeti’-meaning the one who failed to shit.
Till date, many still believe he actually did carry those drugs, but for some potent voodoo, drug enforcement agents couldn’t nail him. The publicity no doubt affected the brilliant actor’s career in a negative way and he wasn’t the last.
HASSANAT AKINWANDE TAIWO (Yetunde Wunmi)
A popular Yoruba movie actress, Hassanat Akinwande Taiwo, popularly known as Yetunde Wunmi, was arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for cocaine trafficking.
Wunmi was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos on September 23, 2006 while trying to board a Virgin Atlantic flight to London.
She was said to have been injected to excrete the cocaine she swallowed. Yetunde Wunmi later excreted over 95 wraps of cocaine (condom-size). After her excretion, Yetunde was taken to the Shaw Road, Ikoyi, Lagos office of NDLEA to undergo interrogation and eventually jailed!.
TOCHI UCHE ODOPUTA
Uche Odoputa is one of the top Nigerian celebrities of Igbo descent, who was arrested on March 23, 2007, for attempting to smuggle about 1.336kg of cocaine. Prince Uche was nabbed by men of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos when he was about to board a Virgin Atlantic Airways flight to London, England.
In the 90s, the duo of K1 de ultimate/ Adewale ayuba, were also rumored to had being nabbed by London police over the same offense committed by their superiors. K1 de ultimate in one of his musical Albums, ‘History’ , denied the allegation as there was no evidence presented against him.
In the same vein, Adewale ayuba once had his fair share of drug pushing allegation. The bonsue Fuji king who was rumored to had served a jail term in the American prison denied the story as he reflected the incident in his sensational fuji Album, “Buggle D”. Adewale claimed that the rumor mongers were just envious of his huge success in his career.
Pasuma wonder was not left out in this category. His first trip to America for a musical show turned sore as tension gripped the heart of his families and friends as a source spread the news arrest of orobokibo king over the drug related offenses during his musical tour in America. Obama of Fuji music also denied the allegation in his album “Americana”, accepted the scandal as a price to be paid as a public figure.
Another Yoruba movie star who found himself in the drug scandal was the black and shine actor, Taiwo Hassan popularly known as ogogo. Although, the actor was never rumored to had been caught but the rumors that made the rounds back then was that ogogo’s sickness that lasted about 8 years, was as a result of cocaine which the actor ingested into his body system in order to beat security operatives.
Also it was revealed that the controversial death of ace broadcaster, gbenga adeboye, was influenced by his active romance with cocaine. The fuwontan crooner was not at anytime rumored to be a drug trafficker but the talebearers claimed that with the controversies that trailed his death, one could conclude that there are more to his death because alabefe died under questionable circumstances.
No doubts, many of these stories surrounding these top Nigerian celebrities were mere fabrications and they hold no water. However, it is also no news that some of these celebrities really do indulge in such criminal acts. So, it isn’t out of place to constantly remind ourselves that as public figures, people are constantly looking to drag you and one must constantly put conscious efforts in staying true to the calling.
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