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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Between Davido and the NDLEA

If the panel set up by the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to investigate popular pop singer, David Adeleke aka Davido, indicts him, for the display of a substance suspected to be hard drugs, in his 'Fans Mi' video, then, the agency would have sent a strong signal to other artistes on what to portray in their videos.

The NDLEA which frowned at the music video featuring American rapper, Meek Mill revealed that the content of the video is totally improper and unacceptable. It added that the musician might be invited for questioning.

Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, Director of Public Affairs of the NDLEA, had this to say about the saga: "I am aware that a panel is working on the video. The panel was set up soon after the video was released few weeks ago. When our attention was drawn to it, we viewed it and we discovered that it was improper. There is no moral lesson in it and he was just advertising drug trafficking.

"In the video, he exchanged a brief case supposedly containing narcotics for dollars. He was displaying affluence in the video. If it had climaxed in an arrest and possible detention, we would have congratulated him for partnering with us. But the way he portrayed drug trafficking in the video was a means to an end, which the end is a life of affluence which we disagree with.

We are looking at the issue holistically. We believe that there should be a body that was supposed to censor videos before they go out. Those are the things we want to investigate and verify. Was the video submitted for approval? If it was submitted, why was it approved, with such content?"

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