Ninja Man, whose given name is Desmond Ballentine, had his bail revoked in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston on Tuesday. His case has been before the courts since 2009.
Taking to social media yesterday to stand in solidarity with the artiste were entertainers Razor B and D’Angel.
The pair praised Ninja Man for his contribution to dancehall music, and asked for prayers for the entertainer as he prepares for a tough period in his life.
In his Instagram post yesterday, Razor B said that he knows Ninja Man has been waiting on the day his trial would begin for a long time as he wants the opportunity to prove his innocence and encouraged the artiste to remember that God is in control.
Mentor to her
When THE STAR spoke to D’Angel, she said that she decided to lend her support publicly so the entertainer, who has been like a mentor to her and countless other artistes, can see that he is not alone.
“I’ve known Ninja Man for a long time as an artiste and he has become a mentor and a friend. He’s always there to give good advice and he’s a really good person at heart. He’s one of the best persons that I’ve met in the industry,” she said. “You want to show people respect and love while you can, and so publicly I wanted to let Ninja Man know that we are here for him, we are rooting for him and he’s not in this alone.”
Fellow entertainer Pamputtae shared similar sentiments.
“Me affi be one a dem (that shows support) because Ninja Man a man weh bring me go studio and make me nyam food and dem ting deh, so mi affi put in my prayer. A mi godfather dat, him real to me so me just a hope and pray fi everything go good,” she said.
Keiva, who in the past couple of months has been seen on social media hanging out with the deejay, described Ninja Man as her second dad.
“Ninja Man means a lot to me, me have crazy love fi him, crazy respect fi him,” she said pointing out that the entertainer has made a lot of changes in his life. “Ninja, me love yuh and me a support you 100 per cent. Me see di changes and is like is a whole different Ninja, always helping out people, good heart, the positivity. Me have yuh back because me know if a me did inna di situation, yuh woulda deh deh di minute me call.”
A seven-member jury has been selected and prosecutors briefed on the allegations against the entertainer and his co-accused as the long-awaited trial for the entertainer began.