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“A waste of Taxpayers’ Money” Comedian Basket Mouth reacts to Degeneral’s arrest by NDLEA

Reacting to the recent arrest of Popular Instagram Comedian, Degeneral over alleged Drug possession by The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Popular Nigerian comedian, Bright Okpocha better known as Basketmouth, has taken to his Instagram story stating that Degeneral’s arrest was a waste of taxpayers’ money.

He said,

“Don’t get me wrong, I am not supporting the use of marijuana, i don’t do such. I will never do such a thing but what i’m saying is that you people are wasting tax payers’ money to go and arrest someone with small pitch of ‘igbo’. You just wasted my money now.”

Another skit maker and actor, Debo Adebayo, popularly known as Mr. Macaroni, also condemned the mode of Degeneral’s arrest.

Mr Macaroni

According to Mr Macaroni “So you people’s work is to enter people’s houses in the middle of the night to beat and harass citizens. This is happening right now. We don’t know where they have taken him to. Oppressors everywhere,” he tweeted.

Recall that, The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), arrested the popular Instagram comedian, Sunday Joshua Martins, also known as Degeneral, for drug possession on Tuesday, at his residence in Lagos.

De General

It was reported that earlier before he was arrested, he was on a live Instagram video, where he was seen confronting NDLEA officers who forcefully gained entrance into his apartment.

After having a conversation with the officers that lasted a few minutes, he was slapped and in the process his phone was destroyed which led to the end of the live video.

In the Instagram live video, the officials of the agency were seen trying to arrest the skit maker while he kept saying that he knows his fundamental human right.

One of his close friend and colleague @Ayothecreator gave an update of the story saying Degeneral has been taken to the NDLEA office in Festac. He stated, that this arrest could be a set up insisting that his friend do not do drugs.

His post on Instagram,

“NDLEA you know where the real drug barons are in this Lagos, but yet you come into Degeneral house, assault and arrest him. Have you ever seen him promote drugs in his content, he does not do drugs and whoever is responsible for this, God is watching. I have not slept since 2am they wouldn’t let us in their station please help us noble Nigerians he is at NDLEA office in Festac” he stated.

“It is heartbreaking to see him in cuffs and beaten like a criminal. No Nigerian should unlawfully go through this.” he added.

While addresing the press, on Wednesday in Abuja, the spokesman of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said the comedian was arrested for drug-related issues.

In a statement given by Femi Babafemi,  “Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in the early hours of today, Wednesday 12th January, arrested a skit maker, Sunday Joshua, popularly known on social media as De-General, following the raid of a notorious drug joint at Orchid Estate, Lekki area of Lagos state,” he stated.

“Acting on credible intelligence, narcotic officers stormed the drug joint in the estate, where three suspects were arrested with illicit drugs including 200 sachets of 225mg Tramadol and 1.5kilograms of cannabis sativa. In the urse of the operation, some persons including the suspected dealer ran away with bags suspected to contain exhibits.” He also added.

The agency also disclosed, that DeGeneral confessed and admitted to ownership of the seized drugs that was recovered in his house.


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