Sunny Ade’s (former) guitarist jailed for three years


Sunny Ade’s guitarist jailed for three years

Fatoke AbiodunFatoke AbiodunA veteran guitarist, Fatoke Abiodun, was on Tuesday sentenced to three years imprisonment for drug trafficking at the Federal High Court, Lagos.

The 62-year-old Abiodun was a former guitarist with King Sunny Ade, a foremost Nigerian musician.

Abiodun had pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful exportation of 1.575kg of cocaine during his arraignment on February 26, 2013.

Prior to the judgment, defence counsel, Mr. Bayo Onifade, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as Abiodun was a husband of three wives with 12 children.

Justice S. Seidu, however, sentenced the convict to three years imprisonment with effect from the date of arrest.

Seidu said, “The appeal of the defence counsel has been taken into consideration and the fact that the convict pleaded guilty as charged without wasting the time of the court was also carefully considered.”

Abiodun was apprehended by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on January 1, 2013, at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.

Abiodun, who played guitar for music star, King Sunny Ade, for over three decades, was caught while attempting to board an Air France flight to Italy.

During a search, two parcels of cocaine weighing 1.575kg were found hidden in the false bottom of his luggage.

Abiodun had blamed poverty for his predicament.


JD:Poverty indeed!I am sorry the judge should have let him serve out his 5 year jail term starting from day of sentance. One shudders to think of how many lives have been lost from irresponsible acts of this nature.And by the way the Punch headline is misleading,the story says the man is Sunny’s ex guitarist whilst the headline makes it appear as if he is still in Sunny’s employ.Bad judgement,or perhaps mischief?

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  1. Uncle Jimi, don`t be sad at the headline. Most newspapers thrive on such a heading. A catchy but deceitful heading! As for the old man, it is sad!

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