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 hard drugs.
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.
He said, “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 such content?”
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
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.