Court Admits More Evidence In Naira Marley’s Fraud Trial
Story By Gbenga Ogunbufunmi
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Wednesday admitted more exhibits in evidence in the ongoing trial of hip hop singer Azeez Fashola otherwise known as Naira Marley.
Justice Nicolas Oweibo in his ruling admitted the C.D containing the phone analysis of the embattled singer tendered in evidence by the second prosecution witness Anosike Augustine on the ground that the IPhone which was analysed have been admitted in evidence before.
The judge overruled the objection of Naira Marley’s counsel, Olalekan Ojo,SAN , and admitted the C.D in evidence marked as exhibit F.
” l have considered the aguement of both parties as well as the ground for the objection, I consider the C.D to be admissible in view of the nature of this case and the evidence of other prosecution witness.
Accordingly it is hereby admitted in evidence and marked exhibit F.
The trial of the case could not however, proceed because defence counsel Olalekan Ojo was not in court and sought for adjournment
The adjournment was not opposed by EFCC’s counsel Bilkisu Buhari.
Justice Oweibo adjourned futher trial to 8th and 11th of March, 2021.
The anti-graft agency had on May 20, 2019 arraigned Naira Marley on 11-count charge bordering on money laundering and Internet fraud.
The EFCC alleged that some of the credit cards discovered in his residence bore the names Nicole Louise Malyon and Timea Fedorne Tatar.
But he pleaded not guilty to all the charge .
EFCC said that the offences contravenes Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act.