Court in Lagos has instructed that coming artiste Azeez Fashola, who is known as Naira Marley, be locked up in the prison. On Monday morning, the judge made the lock up instruction shortly after Naira Marley was criticizied on 11 counts bordering on credit card fraud. Naira Marley pleaded not guilty to the cyber fraud charges pressed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The judge adjourned till May 30 to take the bail application filed by Taiwo Oreagba, the defence counsel, on behalf of her client. Naira Marley was led into the holding cell on the court premises by prison officials accompanied by policemen and EFCC officials, following the court order. The singer’s relatives, including his mother, who looked worried, were present at the court. The mother looked on, as her son was led away by security. But she was later permitted into the holding cell where Naira Marley was held temporarily before being taken to Ikoyi Prison.
In the charges against him, the EFCC alleged that Naira Marley conspired with Yad Isril and Raze, said to be at large, to use access cards, with numbers 5264711020433662 and 42658840359191132, “issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain.” The EFCC also stated that Naira Marley was found in possession of two counterfeit access cards Nos. 4539782440624281 and 492189410257431 issued in the names of Nicole Louise Malyon and Timea Fedorne Tatar, respectively, on May 10, 2019.
The anti-graft agency said the artiste kept the two cards and another one with number 5264711020433662, issued to an unknown person “under circumstances which constitute card theft.” Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, the prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, told the court that Naira Marley acted contrary to Section 27 (1)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act 2015. He said the musician was liable to be punished under sections 33(9) and 34 of the same Act.