Fast rising Nigerian pop star Naira Marley flew into stormy weather in the capital city on June 12, 2020 as Federal Covid 19 fighters blocked the venue following an illegal contravention of The laws of the pandemic ravaging the city and environs.
Marley who reached top ten best sellers in the Africamusiconline Nigerian pop charts recently with “Tingasa” is one of the leading Afrobeat musicians in Nigeria and known for his riotous lifestyle but has a compelling music style.
He had flown into the capital in a private jet and went straight to play at the Jabby Mall where despite the lack of promotion still had the venue filled up but the lack of social distancing infuriated FCTA young Covid director Mr Ikharo Attah and his team.
The Online GWG reporter Ayodele Oluwafemi reports that the “Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Ministerial Task Team on COVID-19, on Sunday, shut down the famous Jabi Lake Mall for violating Presidential ban on social gatherings.
“GWG gave detailed how the attendees of the concert defiled social distancing order of the Nigeria Centre Disease Control, NCDC and the public outcry that trailed the event on the social media.
“Addressing newsmen shortly after the closure of the mall, Leader of the Task Team, Mr Ikharo Attah, said the management of the Mall had consistently violated the FCTA’s guidelines on COVID-19.
“Attah lamented that the management of the mall encouraged and granted permit for a concert by Naira Marley in spite of several warnings by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
“According to him, the mall is conducting business activities exceeding the normal hours approved by the authorities.
“He disclosed that the FCTA had secured a judgement from a mobile court headed by Magistrate Idayat Akonni, who sat in the mall premises in Jabi.
“The Magistrate ordered the mall to be sealed for a period of two weeks over default of the COVID-19 protocols bearing three-count charge.
“Attah explained that the seal order was necessitated by the unlawful and embarrassing event at the mall on June 12, 2020”
Naira Marley has since jetted back to his Lagos base where he is touted as the next big thing since Fela for his sometimes outlandish behaviors by his publicity handlers.
Columnist ToniDay had once written that he could become the next big thing since Fela if he kept out of trouble, however the evidence from his Jabi Mall fiasco won’t add positively to his bad boy reputation.