Veteran Guitarist for King Sunny Ade, Fatoke Abiodun arrested for Drug Trafficking | Allegedly Attempted to Transport Cocaine to Italy

Fatoke Abiodun Wraps
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) made its first arrest of the new year and sadly, it was a member of the entertainment community. Fatoke Abiodun, a guitarist who worked with King Sunny Ade for 30 years was arrested on the 1st of January 2013.

He was attempting to board an Air France flight to Italy at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. NDLEA Commander for the Lagos Airport, Hamza Umar said “We have made the first arrest in the new year. The suspect, a guitarist by name Fatoke Abiodun was found with 1.575kg of cocaine. The drug was discovered in the false bottom of his luggage during the outward screening of passengers to Italy.”

The 62 year old is financially responsible for his large family including 4 wives, many children and grandchildren. He will be charged to court for unlawful exportation and possession of narcotics. He is currently cooperating with investigators and has confessed to the crime and blamed his involvement in the drug trade on financial pressure after retirement.

He is quoted to have said “I played for King Sunny Ade for 30 years before I was unceremoniously retired in 2007. I was unprepared and without severance money I saw the bitter side of life…Because at my age I could not provide for my family. I am ashamed of myself.

False Bottom of the Suitcase where the Cocaine was Hidden

False Bottom of the Suitcase where the Cocaine was Hidden

Fatoke Abiodun with his Suitcase

Fatoke Abiodun with his Suitcase

This case should be a deterrent for anyone who is tempted to get involved in the drug trade. It is not worth the disgrace and jail time.

24 Comments on Veteran Guitarist for King Sunny Ade, Fatoke Abiodun arrested for Drug Trafficking | Allegedly Attempted to Transport Cocaine to Italy
  • poshilla! January 6, 2013 at 9:49 am


  • xcogitate January 6, 2013 at 10:32 am

    wetin u dey talk….u said u smell cheating na sunday say make him born many children n marry many wives? abeg think before u talk ok

  • a hater! January 6, 2013 at 11:35 am

    We all know all d Yoruba “Fuji…sians” are into cocaine smuggling. Wat a site for ds mans case at his age. Big Pity.

    • Psamist January 6, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      @ a hater! Watch your tongue sir.

  • bgirl January 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I believe he h has been doing it while in the band, because why will he just putt the stuf in the lower compactment and think he won’t be caught.anyway, this is a lesson for all of us to plan our lifes wee so our future won’t be a burden to make us take this rash steps.

  • luqman January 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Most people have forgotten that Life is just like a shadow of every mankind, if you chase your shadow, it would be running away from you, u can never meet up at all (irony of life). A lesson to be learnt for all those Fuji Megastar as they fondly called that life is not stable, they should trend this world softly with the way they used to change woman every season like soap opera.

  • loo January 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    everyone please plan your life NOW when you can and while you can PLEASE start think of your retirement plans what will become of you when that monthly pay stops? what will become of you when you dont have the energy to hustle and do all the work because your strength is gone. having baby mama up and down the place because the money is plenty NOW…… please train your children that God has blessed you with so that you wont be old and be thinking of our to take care of yourself your children and grandchildren like this man, i really feel his pain and pity him am sure he didnt want to do it and some people must have said “baba do you want to die hungry carry it don’t worry they won’t catch you” O MA SE!!!!

  • Helen January 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Haba baba, you should have spoken to experts like Don Baba Suwe before embarking on this journey.

  • Glam January 6, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Poverty could have pushed him into this. Such a pity!

  • Soraya January 6, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    LOL- ‘Hamza Umar said “We have made the first arrest in the new year.’

  • atutupoyoyo January 6, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    @poshilla pls next time do a brain check before u talk……..whats the cheating here? did sunny ade ask him to marry 4 wives? so sunny ade should share all the millions he makes with his band members 50/50 abi?…….he has no excuse and this obviously is not his first time…..wake up to reality and stop blaming ple where there is no basis…..

  • Torera January 6, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I bet this is his 9th time or so. Omo beere oshi beere. Our women can be worthless sha….I find it shameful how our women are o quick to spread legs and start popping kids for any man with small change and little fame. When a common guitarist can boast of 4 wives there is a problem and this problem will not subside unless we start empowering our young girls and educating them that they can potentially become successful without having to be commoditized by men with small short term change.

  • folake January 6, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Hey Uncle! grandpa! you see bo? this is wahala…total disgrace for di whole family…greedi no good oh! I am sure he has been reported even before he leaves the house. i feel for his family. Oh ya!

  • oosemasselle January 6, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    the lord have mercy on him poor wives and kids help him lord help him

  • cc January 6, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I don’t understand the pictures. So the police asked him to pose with the cocaine. And then again, pose sitting down with the suitcase? Too bad. I’m sure this guy could have opened up a music school (teaching kidds) in Nigeria or the UK. He would have made an honest living

  • Kenny January 6, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    At what age does some Nigerians really draw the line? seriously at 62yrs old this guy can get it right whaoooooo what a shame

  • Gold January 6, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Sir, why na?? Abeg leave KSA out of this, peeps.

  • yoruba man January 7, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Can we call this an act of frustration or what?
    Honestly, this is a game for kids and not people like him.
    What a mess to this noble country?

  • Oluwaseun Babajide January 7, 2013 at 3:00 am


  • dont mention January 7, 2013 at 3:20 am

    this is such a shame……people need to learn how to start saving in dier 20s so that they dont fall victim of such in their old age. i just started and its not easy but its with constant practice that you get better……i feel bad for him and his family and while i want him to be an example to others who are thinking of walking down the path, i hope they be kind to him for his age too

  • pynk January 7, 2013 at 8:12 am

    this is why people need to understand family planning and unecessary behaviours and excesses.

  • Jesus Daughter January 7, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Ow sad for him…..and such a shame too

  • tunde tajudeen January 7, 2013 at 10:37 am

    wat a big shame,at 62 u decide 2 do dis.sunny must b out of dis mess bcos while workin wit sunny he did nt cry of salary nt paid n he went n mary 4 wives comon guiterist.Go to hell old man.

  • Oke Adebayo January 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

    do you want to say, king don’t pay you accordingly? the man don’t know how to save for the future, thats the situation.

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