Nigerien authorities have arrested have arrested two Nigerian hip-hop artists, Mubarak Abdulkarim (Mr 442) and his manager, Ola of Kano, for attempting to obtain the country’s passports.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the duo was arrested at a passport center in Maradi by the Niger border and migration control agency, the Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire, DST.
Authorities in the landlocked West African country told DAILY NIGERIAN that the two artists had been transferred to the capital Niamey for further interrogation and possible prosecution.
Prior to their travel from Kano to Maradi, the artists showed off their new simple hairstyles, with their dreadlocks completed shaved, on their TikTok page.
According to immigration experts, Nigerien nationals get visas to Western countries more than Nigerians, a situation that heightens demand for ‘backdoor’ acquisition of the passport and racketeering by Nigerians.
Also, Agadez city of Niger, located on the southern edge of the Sahara desert, is a transit point for many migrants trying to reach Libya to cross the Mediterranean to Italy.
The artists, who sing in Hausa language, are famous for their hit songs: Kwalele (feat. Mr 442 & SAFAA); Collect (TATATA) (Northern Version) by AA Shelleng, Safaa, Mr 442, Malika; Jigida (Waist Bead) by Speedorh, Mr 442, Safaa; Kwalele (feat. Mr 442 & SAFAA); Kidan Mata (feat. Mr 442); among others.
A country where rules are laid and abide to. In Nigeria every intruder with just one thousand naira anybody can be enrolled into our database and obtain a identification number to testify gis/her claim. That’s why we will continue to be treated like trash anywhere. Even in our dear Africa that we claim to champion.
I watched a Nigerien from Agadez who could barely speak Hausa and couldn’t speak any English at all, obtained a Nigerian National ID card with just N3k, and the officials at hand were even throwing jokes about him being a foreigner, after which everybody laughed and he left the scene a Nigerian.
Is only in Nigeria stupid things happened