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Alleged Credit Card Fraud: Master Card, Bank Others To Testify Against Naira Marley

By Francis Iwuchukwu, Lagos 

No fewer than nine witnesses has been lined up by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to testify against upcoming musician, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley.

THE NEWS ACCELERATOR NETWORK learnt that the court documents revealed that the witnesses will inform the court about their investigation(s), tender exhibits and make known to the trial judge  their discoveries.

It was further gathered that no fewer than three of the witnesses had taken the defendant’s and witnesses’ statements.

Mastercard, Visa Inc and a new generation Bank, are expected to tender relevant card and account details of the defendant to the court.

It would be recalled that Naira Marley was arrested on May 10, 2019 at 9 Gbangbala Street, Ikate, Lekki, Lagos, alongside Omomniyi Temidayo (aka Zlatan Ibile) and three others over alleged advance fee fraud.

Consequent upon Naira Marley's arrest, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) slammed an 11 counts charge that has to do with alleged cybercrime and identity theft before the court.

The charge designated FHC/L/178C/19 was instituted  before a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria, presided over by Justice Nicholas Oweibo.

But the court had granted bail to Naira Marley in the sum of N2m after entertaining arguments from counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, and that of Olalekan Ojo (SAN), lawyer to Fashola.

It would be recalled that Naira Marley had been remanded in prison custody to enable the court entertain arguments on the bail application instituted by Naira Marley, after the Commission had at the last adjourned date arraign the musician on an 11 counts, which has to do with credit card fraud.

But Naira Marley had pleaded not guilty to the cyber fraud charges made against him by the EFCC.

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