Davido Plans Legal Action Against Kenyan Media Outlet for April Fool's Defamation

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Davido joined other artists in performances at the Raha Festival, which took place at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi from March 30 to 31.

Nigerian music sensation Davido has instructed his legal team to pursue legal action following an April Fool's joke gone wrong. The hoax falsely claimed that the Afrobeats singer had been detained in Kenya for possessing cocaine on his private jet.

Denouncing the fake report as "extremely irresponsible," the 31-year-old, fresh from an East African tour, emphasized that he has never faced arrest in any country for any crime.

In a statement on social media, he clarified that neither in his home country Nigeria, nor in America, nor in any of the numerous countries he has visited during his career has he ever been arrested.

The April Fool's story, initially published by Kenya's K24 TV on Monday, quickly spread across social media platforms. Despite just concluding successful performances at the Timeless Concert in Kampala and Raha Fest in Nairobi, the Nigerian megastar found himself inundated with calls due to the hoax.

The backlash was significant enough that Kenya's Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) intervened, posting a screenshot of the headline with "Fake News" emblazoned across it on Monday morning.

Addressing his fans, Davido reassured them of the falsity of the reports, emphasizing that he had completed his scheduled shows in Uganda and Kenya before returning home to Nigeria. He condemned the fabrication of such serious allegations, even under the guise of April Fools' Day, and announced his intention to pursue legal action against the responsible media entities through his lawyer.

Despite the controversy, K24 TV has not yet responded to Davido's decision to pursue legal recourse. While many Kenyans criticized the prank as inappropriate, some have expressed hope for an amicable resolution to the situation on social media.