Ludacris’ longtime manager, Chaka Zulu (real name: Ahmed Obafemi) was arrested on September 13 on a litany of charges, including murder. According to Fulton County, Georgia prison records of inmates, Obafemi – who has voluntarily turned himself in – is facing additional charges of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm while committing a crime and simple battery for a June shooting outside Atlanta restaurant APT 4B, in which 23-year-old Artez Benton was killed. Records show that Obafemi had a band on the same day.
Late Saturday night (Sept. 17), Obafemi’s attorney Gabe Banks released a statement via Instagram regarding the arrest, insisting that his client acted in self-defense.
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“Mr. Chaka Zulu, the beloved son of the city of Atlanta, is disappointed with the decision of the Atlanta Police Department to press charges against him over the shooting that occurred in June 2022,” he said. examination of all evidence, including surveillance footage and eyewitness interviews, reveals that Mr. Zulu was attacked and jumped from behind by a gang of at least four (4) individuals (sadly including the deceased) and was forced to defend himself after this gang repeatedly attacked him stomped, punched and kicked as he lay in a defenseless position on the ground.”
Banks also pointed out that not only did the incident happen in Obafemi’s case, but he was shot in the back during the fight and nearly lost his life.
“In an effort to save his life, Mr. Zulu legally relieved his weapon in self-defense, a weapon he was allowed to carry. Mr. Zulu cooperated fully with law enforcement and their investigation, and voluntarily turned himself in when he learned of the arrest warrants.”
Both Obafemi and Banks are convinced that the name of the experienced music director will be cleared during the upcoming criminal proceedings. Banks added: “It has not escaped Mr Zulu’s attention that someone has lost their life, but if Mr Zulu had not defended himself legally, Mr Zulu would have been murdered that night.”
Obafemi, Ludacris and Obafemi’s brother, 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 signing Ludacris’ deal with Def Jam in 2008 and was a longtime manager of the rapper-actor.
In 2019, Obafemi, as Chaka Zulu, joined Spotify as the head of artist and talent relations.
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