Naira Marley Returns to Court
By Dipo Omoware
Nigerian musician, Naira Marley, will on Tuesday return to court for the continuation of his trial on fraud allegations.
The trial, which was earlier fixed for today, was shifted by a day because the court did not sit.
However, both the defence and prosecution counsel were present and seen in the court’s premises.
Born Azeez Fashola, Naira Marley is facing charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged credit card fraud.
Naira Marley was arrested on May 10, 2019, by the EFCC alongside some friends including rapper Zlatan Ibile, Rahman Jago, Guccy Branch and another unidentified person. While his counterparts were released on the same day, the EFCC filed an 11-count charge against Naira Marley at the Federal High Court in Lagos.
The musician appeared before the court on May 20, 2019, and pled not guilty to all charges against him.
At his bail hearing on May 31, 2019, Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court granted him bail in the sum of N2 million with sureties in like sum.
Naira Marley fulfilled his bail conditions after about two weeks in custody and was released on June 14, 2019.
The singer who was shunned by organisers of the recently concluded Headies Awards was part of the line-up for Wizkid’s Starboy Fest at the O2 Arena over the weekend. His performance was one of the high points of the night and the crowd cheered loudly as he was introduced
Additional report by Ijeoma Esek