Naira Marley’s case was adjourned by the court regarding alleged cyber crime.

admin October 30, 2023
Updated 2023/10/30 at 6:40 PM

The trial of Nigerian singer Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, on charges of cybercrime has been further adjourned by a Federal High Court in Lagos. The case was adjourned until November 13 and 30 due to the defendant’s absence from court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Naira Marley on charges related to cybercrime, with the charges being filed on May 14, 2019.

Naira Marley, who is known for the song “Am I a yahoo Boy?”, pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned on May 20, 2019. The court granted him bail of two million naira and the trial is ongoing.

On October 6, Justice Oweibo granted a warrant to bring the defendant to court after he failed to appear for the trial. The prosecution, led by Mrs. Bilikisu Buhari, had requested the production warrant.

It should be noted that Naira Marley and his associate, Sam Larry, were detained by the police in Lagos in relation to the death of Nigerian artiste, Oladimeji Aloba, also known as “Mohbad”.

During Monday’s hearing, Mr. Olalekan Ojo (SAN) informed the court that the defendant was still absent despite the court’s order for his presence.

In reply, the prosecutor informed the court that despite their request for a production warrant for the defendant, he was still not present.

“On the previous adjourned date, we requested a production warrant which was granted by the court. However, the defendant has still not been brought before the court. We request for another date to follow up with the police,” she stated.

Consequently, the court adjourned the case until November 13 and 30 to continue the trial.

As per the EFCC, the defendant committed the offenses on various dates between November 26, 2018, and December 11, 2018, as well as May 10, 2019.

The commission claimed that Naira Marley and his accomplices conspired to defraud their victims using different Access Bank ATM cards.

It further alleged that the defendant fraudulently used a bank credit card belonging to someone else in order to obtain financial gains.

According to the EFCC, the defendant was found in possession of fake credit cards from various individuals, with the intention of committing fraud, which is considered theft.

The accused actions are in violation of Sections 1 23 (1) (b), 27 (1), and 33(9) of the Cyber Crime (Prohibition) Prevention Act, 2015.

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