The Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has set up a panel to investigate a music video released by Nigerian artiste, Davido, in which he portrayed himself as a hard drug dealer – a hard drug suspected to be cocaine.
The video of his track entitled, ‘Fans Mi’, showed Davido depicting these drug trafficking vices in no small way. In the visuals, the hip-hop artiste tries to seal a deal to supply cocaine, while the leader of the gang hands him stacks of dollars for the business transaction. He goes back to his house where he is welcomed by scantily dressed ladies arranging the cocaine. There is also a livid display of guns everywhere in the video which featured American rapper, Meek Mill.
The Director of Public Affairs of the NDLEA, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, said on Saturday that the investigative panel will invite the Aye crooner to answer questions 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.”
Wondering why such a video should be released for public consumption in the first instance, 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 has always discouraged celebrities from influencing the Nigerian young minds negatively by the kind of lifestyle they potray, seeing they command such a large following. It said it was keeping tabs on more celebrities in Nollywood and the music industry for drug trafficking, abuse and links with drug cartels.
In June 2013,the agency almost slammed the controversial Nigerian actress, Tonto Dikeh, with a 15-year jail term for encouraging the consumption of hemp. “Tontolet” as she prefers to be called, had posted photographs of the words, ‘Happy birthday POKO’ formed with wraps and grains of marijuana.
She also posted a photograph of herself looking ‘high’ and added the inscription, “Mi smoke ganja mi smoke weed while my hatez smoke ma gossip.”