Fraud allegation: Court shifts commencement of Naira Marley’s trial

Fraud allegation: Court shifts commencement of Naira Marley’s trial

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 11:45 am


Naira Marley in court with EFCC operatives

Akin Kuponiyi

Justice Nicholas Oweibo presiding over a Federal High Court in Lagos ruled that the trial of  a popular   musician, Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, cannot commence today on the ground that the defence counsel led by Mr  Olalekan Ojo SAN  has filed an application before the court urging the court to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to furnish him additional documents on the allegations against his client.

Consequently, he ordered that the trial should commence on Wednesday.

This was after argument  between Mr. Ojo (SAN) and EFCC prosecutor, Barrister Rotimi Oyedepo, over the documents required by the defence and the ones to be produced by the prosecution. 

 Azeez Fashola was arraigned before the court sometimes last May.

 In the charge filed before the court by the EFCC, it was alleged that Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 11th day of December 2018, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired amongst themselves to use Access card 42658840359191132 issued to persons other than him in a bid to obtain gain and  thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27(1)(b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 33(2) of the Same Act.   

It was also alleged that  Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large),  that on or about the 10th day of May 2019, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, with intent to defraud possessed, counterfeit card 4921819410257431 issued to oneyTimea Fedorne Tatar and  thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 33(9) of Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015.

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