Internet Fraud: Court Puts Naira Marley on Hold Until November 13.

Internet Fraud: Court Puts Naira Marley on Hold Until November 13.

In a recent development, the trial of Nigerian singer Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, for alleged internet fraud has been adjourned by Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court in Lagos, Nigeria. The trial was scheduled for October 30, 2023, but it has been postponed to November 13, 2023. This delay comes as a result of the failure of the Police to produce Naira Marley in court for the ongoing trial.

Naira Marley is facing 11-count charges related to conspiracy and credit card fraud, brought forth by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

During the previous court session on October 6, 2023, the defendant's counsel, Olalekan Ojo, SAN, informed the court that Naira Marley was unable to appear in court due to his detention by the Police for questioning regarding the murder of Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, also known as Mohbad. As a result, Ojo requested an adjournment of the trial.

The prosecution counsel, Bilkisu Buhari, requested the court to issue a production warrant to ensure the defendant's presence at the next court date. Justice Oweibo granted this request and adjourned the case to October 30, 2023.

However, on the specified date, Naira Marley was still absent from court. Buhari informed the court that, despite serving the Police with the production warrant, the defendant was not brought to court. Therefore, she requested a further adjournment to follow up with the Police on producing the defendant.

Consequently, Justice Oweibo adjourned the case to November 13 and 30, 2023, for the continuation of the trial.

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