Court remands Naira Marley in prison till May 30

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A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the remand of hip hop artist, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley in prison custody.

The presiding Judge, Justice Nicholas Oweibo, on Monday ordered his remand after his arraignment before the court on 11 counts of alleged credit fraud.

National Daily learned that young musician pleaded not guilty to an 11 count charge of alleged credit card fraud before the court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had commenced the prosecution of the musician on Tuesday, May 14.

Naira Marley had pleaded not guilty after the reading of the counts by the prosecutor.

The court, however, fixed May 30 for arguments on his application for bail.

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The EFCC had disclosed that some of the credit cards bore the names – Nicole Louise Malyon, and Timea Fedorne Tatar. The commission, therefore, ,made 11-count charge.

Count one of the charge reads: “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Yard Isril (still at large), on or about the 26th day of November 2018, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired amongst yourselves to use access card 5264711020433662 issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain and you thereby committed an offence 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.

“If convicted on the charge, the musician shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than seven years or a fine of not more than N5,000,000.00 and forfeiture of the advantage or value derived from his act.”

It was reiterated that if convicted on the charge, the musician shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than seven years or a fine of not more than N5,000,000.00 and forfeiture of the advantage or value derived from his act.

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