Nigerian rising music artist Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley appears in a Lagos court today for a trial on cybercrime and credit card fraud.
The new talent was arrested alongside Omomniyi Temidayo, widely known as ‘Zlatan Ibile’ and three other friends of theirs for participating in cybercrime activity by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 10th May this year.
Some reports alleged that Naira Marley was arrested because his song glorified and amplified cybercrime, while the prosecuting commission stated the actual crime for which he was arrested and being charged below.
“That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 11th day of December 2018, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, conspired amongst yourselves to use Access card 42658840359191132 issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain and you thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 27(1)(b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 33(2) of the Same Act.
“That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 10th day of May 2019, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, with intent to defraud possessed, counterfeit card 4921819410257431 issued to Timea Fedorne Tatar and you thereby committed an offense contrary to and punishable under Section 33(9) of Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act 2015.” The charge sheet read.
On May 20, the matter was brought before Justice Nicolas Oweibo of a federal high court in Lagos State, and Naira Marley’s lawyer, Olalekan Ojo, plead to the court to grant his client bail pending the official hearing of the case.
The Justice of the court sustained Olalekan’s request and granted Naira Maley bail to the disappointed of the prosecution counsel that was led by Rotimi Oyedepo who argued that there should be accelerated hearing of the case instead of granting him bail.
The matter was then fixed for October 22, 23 and 24 for hearing.