FACTS! Michael B Jordan defends Ludacris's manager Chaka Zulu after he was charged with murder
GEORGIA, ATLANTA: Ludacris' longtime manager Chaka Zulu has been charged with murder for a case stemming from a restaurant shooting in Atlanta in June 2022. Chaka Zulu, whose real name is Ahmed Obafemi, was identified as a suspect in the case that took place in a parking lot outside a popular strip mall on Peachtree Road.
Actor Michael B Jordan spoke in favor of the rapper’s manager with the help of social media. The ‘Creed’ star, who enjoys close to 19 million followers on Instagram shared a post from Zulu's attorney, Gabe Banks of Weaver Banks, who aired the innocence of his client in a detailed post. Zulu was wounded and rushed to a hospital along with two others who were also hit by gunfire. His lawyer argued that his client acted in self-defense after being accosted by the deceased and three others. For the unversed, Ludacris is not involved in the case at all.
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According to People magazine, Chaka Zulu, who turned himself in Fulton County Jail on Tuesday, September 13, was charged with murder, aggravated assault, simple battery and possession of a firearm or knife with an intention to commit a felony. He was later released on $200K bond. Speaking in his defense, actor Michael B Jordan shared the post of Zulu’s lawyer on Instagram stories with the caption “Facts” along with an emoji of the numeric 100.
Zulu’s lawyer Banks in the Instagram post stated, “Mr. Chaka Zulu, a beloved son of the City of Atlanta, is disappointed in the Atlanta Police Department's decision to bring charges against him surrounding the shooting that occurred in June 2022.” The statement further said, “A close review of all of the evidence, including the surveillance footage and eyewitness interviews, reveals that Mr Zulu was attacked and jumped from behind by a gang of at least four individuals and was forced to defend himself after this gang repeatedly stomped, punched, and kicked him while he was on the ground in a defenseless posture.”
Zulu’s lawyer continued in the statement, “Zulu was shot in the back during the shooting and nearly lost his life” adding that he is still recovering from the nearly fatal injuries he sustained that evening, and that he “was at his place of business that night and had every right to defend himself.” The statement further said, “In an attempt to save his life. Mr. Zulu lawfully discharged his weapon in self-defense, a weapon that he is licensed to carry.”
Banks added, “Mr. Zulu remains confident that his name will be cleared of all charges through the judicial process” and that had he “not lawfully defended himself,” Zulu “would have been [the one] killed that night.”
Apart from being a longtime manager to Ludacris, Chaka Zulu co-founded the label Disturbing Tha Peace Records. He has represented artists like Chingy, Bobby Valentino, Young Jeezy, Swizz Beatz, Big K.R.I.T., and Childish Major over the years. The label is now a subsidiary of Def Jam Records after signing a long-term deal in 2008.