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JUST IN – EFCC’s Suit Against Naira Marley Stalled

Naira Marley

Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, is a Nigerian musician whose criminal trial was delayed before a Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday because the Chief Judge of the court has not to act on a plea for fiat.

The prosecution, Mrs. Bilikisu Buhari, notified the trial judge, Justice Isaac Dipeolu, that the Chief Judge of the court is now considering an application for fiat allowing the previous judge to proceed with the defendant’s trial. The December 8, 2023, application has not yet been processed.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) filed cybercrime-related charges against Naira Marley on May 14, 2019.

On May 20, 2019, he was charged with a felony and entered a not guilty plea before Justice Nicholas Oweiboo. He was given bail of two million naira by Justice Oweibo, along with two sureties in the same amount.

Trial in the case had begun, and witnesses were still being called until Justice Oweibo was moved out of the court’s Lagos division. After then, the matter was sent to Justice Dipeolu, a new judge.

Buhari represented the prosecution at the most recent court appearance, and Mr. V.C. Maduagwu represented the defendant, verifying the status of the ongoing motion for fiat. After then, the court postponed the case until May 30 in order to get a report.

Naira Marley is accused of the offenses between November 26, 2018, and December 11, 2018, as well as May 10, 2019, according to the EFCC.

The commission claims that he had stolen counterfeit credit cards intended for other individuals and that he had plotted with others to use several Access Bank ATM cards to deceive their victims.

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Sections 1, 23(1)(b), 27(1), and 33(9) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition) Prevention Act, 2015 are violated by the accused offenses.

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