Ludacris’ longtime manager, Chaka Zulu (real name: Ahmed Obafemi) was arrested on a slew of charges, including murder, on September 13. of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and simple battery for a June shooting outside an Atlanta APT 4B restaurant that left 23-year-old Artez Benton dead. Records show Obafemi was bailed out the same day.
Late Saturday night (September 17), Obafemi’s attorney, Gabe Banks, released a statement via Instagram regarding the arrest and insisted that his client acted in self-defense.
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“Mr. Chaka Zulu, a beloved son of the City of Atlanta, is disappointed by the decision of the Atlanta Police Department to bring charges against him in connection with the shooting that occurred in June 2022,” he said. “A close review of all the evidence, including surveillance footage and interviews with eyewitnesses, shows that Mr. Zulu was attacked and jumped from behind by a gang of at least four (4) people (including includes the person who died) and that he was forced. defending himself after being repeatedly stomped, punched and kicked by this gang while he was on the ground in a defenseless position.”
Banks also revealed that not only did the incident happen at Obafemi’s place of business, but also that he was shot in the back during the melee and almost lost his life.
“In an attempt to save his life, Mr Zulu legally discharged his weapon in self-defence, a weapon he was licensed to carry. Mr. Zulu cooperated fully with law enforcement officials and their investigation, and turned himself in voluntarily once he learned of the arrest warrants.”
Both Obafemi and Banks are confident that the veteran music executive’s name will be cleared during the upcoming criminal proceedings. Banks added: “It is not Mr Zulu who has lost someone’s life, but if Mr Zulu had not defended himself lawfully, Mr Zulu would have been killed that night. “
Obafemi’s brother, Ludacris and Obafemi, Jeff Dixon, founded Disturbing Tha Peace Records in 1998, home to artists such as Chingy, Bobby V and Lil Scrappy. He also played a key role in Ludacris’ deal with Def Jam in 2008 and was the rapper-actor’s longtime manager.
In 2019, Obafemi, as Chaka Zulu, joined Spotify as head of artist and talent relations.
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