Police fail to provide Naira Marley as court adjourns cyber fraud case


A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has adjourned the trial of singer Azeez Fashola, better known as Naira Marley, charged with cybercrime until November 13 and 30.

The musician is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on an 11-count charge, bordering on conspiracy and credit card fraud.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo adjourned the case on Monday following the absence of Naira Marley in the court.

The Commission preferred the charges on May 14, 2019, but the court granted him bail in the sum of N2 million, with two sureties in like sum.

The EFCC alleged that Naira Marley and his accomplices conspired to use different Access Bank ATM cards to defraud their victims.

The trial has since commenced in the case.

Recall that the police in Lagos had detained Naira Marley and his associate, Sam Larry, in connection with the death of Nigerian artiste, Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.

However, when the case was called on Monday, Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN) informed the court that Naira Marley was still clearly absent from his trial, in spite of the court’s order for his production.

In his response, the prosecutor told the court that although she had prayed the court for a production warrant of the defendant, he was still absent.

The court consequently adjourned the case until Nov. 13 and 30 for the continuation of the trial.

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