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Naira Marley: I’m not guilty

Naira Marley

The Justice Nicholas Oweibo-led Federal High Court established in Lagos, ordered that hip-hop musician, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, will be remanded in the prison custody following suspected credit card fraud.

Naira Marley was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on an 11 count charge bordering on alleged credit card fraud. According to the EFCC, which bore the names Nicole Louise Malyon, and Timea Fedorne Tatar.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo on Monday ordered his remand after his arraignment before the court on an 11 count charge of alleged credit fraud.

The EFCC had filed the charge on Tuesday, May 14. However, when the counts were read to him, Azeez Fashola Naira Marley pleaded not guilty.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo adjourned his case till May 30 to hear point of view on Naira Marley’s application for bail. The Justice Nicholas Oweibo therefore, ordered that the musician be remanded in prison until the adjourned date

Naira Marley effectively risks seven years in jail if found guilty in accordance with Section 33 (2) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015.

The alleged crimes were in contravention of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act

The singer, who was detained on May 10, is controversial for repeatedly praising internet fraudsters, popularly called Yahoo boys, in his songs and on social media.

Naira Marley was arrested alongside his associate and fellow musician, Zlatan Ibile who was released on Wednesday. Naira Marley’s crew boys, Tiamiu Kayode, Adewunmi Moses and Abubakar Musa, have also been released.

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