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Davido explains why he pursued legal action against false reports of his arrest.



Superstar Afrobeat artist, Davido Adeleke, recalls how his father, Adedeji Adeleke, encouraged him to take legal action against Kenyan media outlet K24 for their April Fools‘ Day prank about his arrest.

On April 1st, K24 published a fake story on their website alleging that Davido was arrested at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The report claimed illegal drugs were discovered on his private plane after his performance at Kenya’s Raha Festival.

Initially, many dismissed the prank because of its April Fool’s Day timing. However, the article gained traction, prompting attention from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), who labeled it a hoax.

Despite considering ignoring it initially, Davido changed his mind after his father’s intervention. Adedeji Adeleke voiced concerns about the false news’s damaging impact on Davido’s reputation and potential security risks during his travels.

In a TikTok video shared by @musicindustryblueprint, Davido acknowledged his father’s advice and decision to pursue legal action against the media outlet responsible for spreading the misinformation.

In his own words:

“My dad was calling me like, ‘Where are you at?’ I was like, ‘I am home’. He’s like, what’s this? And I see it on the net, and at first I was like, no, I am not going to report it.

“Just let it go. It’s April Fools. Then my dad was like ‘no because you can fly a plane to any country now and then they bring 20 police to check you’…I haven’t seen that type of drug in my life.

“So yeah, I am taking legal action because it might just go the wrong way if we just don’t.”