Singer, Naira Marley Appears Before Court Over Fraud Charges

Nigerian singer, Naira Marley, who was arrested on the 10th of May, has finally appeared before the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos state.

The Issa goal singer was brought into the courtroom on Monday, 20th of May by the officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for his hearing.

Naira Marley, present at the courthouse was there reportedly without his lawyer who could not make it to the hearing. The singer who pleaded ‘Not guilty’ to the charges against him was remanded to stay in prison until 30th of May, 2019 when his bail hearing will be held.

Read the statement from EFCC

Internet Fraud: Naira Marley Arraigned, Remanded in Prison Custody

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on May 20, 2019 arraigned a Nigerian artiste, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, before Justice Nicholas I. Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on an 11-count charge bordering on cybercrime.

The defendant was arrested on May 10, 2019, following intelligence report received by the Commission about his alleged involvement in internet fraud. .

One of the counts reads: “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Yad isril (still at large), on or about the 26th day of November, 2018, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired amongst yourself to use Access card no : 5264711020433662 issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27(1) (b) of the Cybercrime Prohibition, Prevention etc Act 2015 and punishable under Section 33(2) of the same Act.” .

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

In view of his pleas, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, asked the court for a trial date.

He also prayed for accelerated hearing of the case and urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody.

Counsel to the defendant, Taiwo Oluwa Ore- Agba, asked the court for a date to hear the bail application on behalf his client.

Consequently, Justice Oweibo adjourned the case to May 30, 2019 and ordered the defendant to be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing of the bail application.

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