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7 Nigerian Celebrities That Have Been Arrested For Crimes

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The life of a celebrity is everyone’s dream, the glitz, the glam, the fans and the money but sometimes their life isn’t always perfect as they get on the wrong side of the law and have to face the consequences, and below is a list of Nigerian celebrities that have been arrested for crimes.
Nigerian celebrities that have been arrested for crimes
Nigerian celebrities that have been arrested for crimes

A few of our favorite Nigerian celebrities have gotten into one or two troubles with the law and have had to dance to the tune of the judicial system. Here are 7 Nigerian celebrities that have been called before a court.

1.Naira Marley: 

Naira Marley is one favorite in the Nigerian party and club scene. The singer definitely as the vibe and charm to make the crowds go wild but he also seems to be a favorite with the law. In the short run of his career Naira Marley has had two different face-offs  with the law.

Nigerian celebrities that have been arrested for crimes

His first battle with the law was for conspiracy, possession of counterfeit Credit Cards, and fraud. The singer was arraigned in front of a federal high court in Lagos on an 11 count charge by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The singer was released on a bail of 2 million naira and 2 sureties.

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Naira Marley Arraigned by the EFCC
Naira Marley Arraigned By The EFCC

The singers second battle came a few months after the first and it was for an alleged car theft. The singer was arraigned for a car theft alongside his brothers Babatunde Fashola, Idris Fashola and a friend Kunle Obere. The singer’s court case has however been adjourned till the 27th of February,2020.

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2. Dammy Krane

In 2017, news broke that singer Dammy Krane was arrested in the united state for grand theft, credit card fraud and identity fraud. Days after the news broke details on the  charges that the singer was also being convicted for was made known. It was reported that the singer had used a stolen credit card to book a private jet from the company Tap Jets while in Miami.

The company had detected the alleged fraud due to discrepancies in the credit card information he had provided. Dammy Krane was released from jail in Miami after meeting his bail conditions, set at $7,500.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and demanded a trial by jury. The singer was assigned an attorney and appeared in court. His mother maintained the innocence of her son blaming his troubles on the show promoter that booked his flight ticket.

Details of Dammy Krane's Charges
Details of Dammy Krane’s Charges

In August 2017, American courts struck out all charges including credit card forgery, armed conspiracy and grand theft filed against him. The singer has since returned to Nigeria to continue his music journey.

3. Small Doctor

Singer small doctor is an ambassador of the Nigerian police force but he is another  Nigerian celebrities that have been arrested for crimes. The singer was arraigned by the Nigerian police force for possession of fire arms and indiscriminate shooting.

Small Doctor in the uniform of the Nigerian Police
Small Doctor In The Uniform Of The Nigerian Police

The singer was said to have allegedly threatened to shoot a police officer. He was alleged to have fired a gun; the pellets from the gun injured four people, who were rushed to the hospital.

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Nigerian celebrities that have been arrested for crimes

The “Omo Better” crooner was charged to court for threatening violence on police officer and being in possession of fire arms.

4. Ibinabo Fibresima

Nollywood Actress Ibinabo Fibresima
Nollywood Actress Ibinabo Fibresima

Actress Ibinabo Fibresima in 2009, was convicted for manslaughter and reckless driving after the Nollywood star accidentally killed a medical doctor Giwa Suraj a staff of the Lagos State Teaching Hospital(LASUTH).

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On the 16th of March,2016 Ibinabo was sacked as the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria and sentenced to a 5 year jail term by a federal high court. She was however granted bail in the sum of N2Million and two sureties in like sum.

5. Uche Odoputa

In 2007, Nollywood actor Uche Odoputa was arrested for possession of cocaine at the Lagos International airport. The actor who was on his way to London was later jailed and spent 2 years and 3 weeks in prison.

The actor in an interview spoke about his experience in prison stating that he regretted his actions and wished he never ventured into drug trafficking just to feed his family.

6. Sinzu

Nigerian rapper sauce kid is one of the few Nigerian celebrities who have had a taste of the life behind bars. The rapper was jailed in the united states for aggravated theft. The rapper was said to have stolen several bank cards along with identified information of their owners.

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Nigerian celebrities that have been arrested for crimes

Sinzu was said to have encoded the different bank numbers into a blank card and changed the pin. The rapper used the cards to buy goods from different stores.

It was gathered that the police found a card encoding device and more than $6000 on him. This was the 3rd time reports would reveal he has been in police custody. In 2014 he was declared wanted for stealing $300 from a Supermarket ATM.

Nigerian Singer Sinzu
Nigerian Singer Sinzu

The rapper was charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, eight counts each of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, and possession of several fraudulent bank cards. He pleaded guilty to one of the counts of aggravated identity theft after the other charges were dropped. He was jailed for two years for aggravated identity theft.

On Sunday, March 25, 2018, a video surfaced on Instagram, captioned “My bro is back!! SINZU”. Sinzu has since returned to active music.

7. Iyanya

The newest addition to the growing list of Nigerian celebrities that have been arraigned is music star Iyanya. News broke out earlier today that the singer has been arraigned for  an alleged car theft infront of a Lagos high court. The singer was said to have stolen a Black Toyota Land Cruiser Prado (SUV) belonging to the Temple management company.


The singers case has since been adjourned till the 27th of February and the 17th of March for ruling on his bail application and commencement of trail.

Nigerian celebrities that have been arrested for crimes

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