Popular rapper, Sodiq Yusuf, aka CDQ, has released a statement on his arrest by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency.
The agency said it arrested him over alleged possession of a brand of cannabis called ‘loud’.
The artiste, however, said the claim was false, adding that he had never associated himself with any illegal substance.
He noted, “Given the recent allegations made against me bothering on possession of drugs and other related matters, I wish to state in very clear terms that I have never been in possession of any illegal substance in whatsoever form, neither have I ever had any cause to process, traffic, sell or use any illegal substance.
“I am not unmindful of the fact that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) is statutorily empowered to enforce laws against the general utilization of prohibited drugs and their activities should be done within the ambit of the law. However, my experience with the officers of the NDLEA on the 14th day of April 2021, right from the moment I was purportedly arrested from my house to the point and manner with which my statements were taken, proved otherwise.
“That said, it is imperative to mention that I have instructed my legal counsel to ensure that the allegation/matter in its entirety, inclusive of the defamatory statements by several persons, is followed to a logical end,” CDQ said.
NDLEA’s Director, Media, and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, had, on Thursday, said CDQ was still being investigated.
“Yes, CDQ was arrested in his house at Lekki for being in possession of cannabis. He was arrested based on intelligence. As of last night, he was granted administrative bail, but he is expected back into custody today because it is an ongoing investigation.
“Some substances were found and he mentioned some names of some other big artistes. So, it is an ongoing investigation,” he said.
But the artiste insisted on his innocence.
He stressed in the statement: “Even though I reserve the right to respond to various falsehoods against me as published on several blogs, news sites, etc, that I was arrested with a cannabis variant, I urge the entire public to please note that I was not found with any form/variant of any illegal substance on the day I was purportedly arrested at my Lekki residence.
“There was no conclusive report by the NDLEA on any wrongdoing, neither have I been convicted by any court of competent jurisdiction concerning the foregoing.
“Again, I do not engage myself with any illegal substance for any reason(s) whatsoever. I am committed to doing my very best as a professional recording artiste and ensuring that I am a law-abiding citizen of this country.”