Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency has set up a panel to
investigate a music video released by Nigerian artiste,
Davido, in which he displayed a substance suspected to be
The video of his track entitled, ‘Fans mi’, in which he
featured an American rapper and member of the Maybach
Group, Meek Mill, showed Davido with a briefcase filled with
dollars and another bag filled with parcels of a substance
suspected to be hard drugs.
The Director of Public Affairs of the NDLEA, Mr. Mitchell
Ofoyeju, told SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday that the
investigative panel might invite the hip-hop artiste for
questioning if the need arose.
“I am aware that a panel is working on it (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 (the plot) 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.”
Ofoyeju said the anti-drug agency would conduct a full-scale
investigation into the making of the video and to confirm
whether it was censored before its release.
The NDLEA spokesperson further said,:
“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
NDLEA had in June 2013 said controversial Nigerian actress,
Tonto Dikeh, risked a minimum of 15 years in jail for
encouraging the consumption of hemp.
Dikeh had on June 28, 2013, posted photographs of a wrap
of hemp and grains of the weed formed into the letters,
‘Happy birthday POKO.’
She also posted a photograph of herself and added the
inscription, ‘Mi smoke ganja mi smoke weed while my hatez
smoke ma gossip.’
Her picture is a close-up of her face that seemed to depict
her in a high state.
As a result, the agency said it was keeping tabs on more
celebrities in Nollywood and the music industry for drug
trafficking, abuse and links with drug cartels.