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(NEWSFLASH) Lawyers’ Heated Exchange Of Words Over Sitting Space Stalls Naira Marley's Alleged Card Fraud Trial


BY FRANCIS IWUCHUKWU

IKOYI, LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA - Consequent upon the heated arguments over available sitting space at the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria, presided over by Justice Nicholas Oweibo by lawyers, the alleged card fraud trial of popular musician, Azeez Fashola (Naira Marley), was on Thursday (today) adjourned until  December 11 and 12 for continuation of trial.

Before Justice Nicholas Oweibo arrived at the decision, there had been a hot argument between Rotimi Oyedepo, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and Naira Marley's lawyer, Olalekan Ojo (SAN) together with two other senior lawyers over where to sit.

But Justice Nicholas Oweibo refused to issue any directive concerning the imbroglio and instead extended an appeal  to the lawyers to show understanding with government over inadequate space in the courtroom.

Naira Marley, eminently known for his “Am I a Yahoo Boy” and "Soapy" tracks, is being prosecuted by the EFCC on an 11-count charge of conspiracy, possession of counterfeit cards and fraud.

His co-defendant is one Yad Isril, said to still be at large.

Naira Marley was arraigned on May 20, 2019 and had pleaded not guilty to all 11 counts.

He was also granted bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in like sum. 

According to the charge, the defendant committed the offences on different dates, November 26, 2018, December 11, 2018, and May 10.

The offences contravene the provisions of Section 1 23 (1) (b), 27 (1}, 33, 33(9) Cyber Crime (Prohibition) Prevention Act, 2015

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