Naira Marley’s Cybercrime Trial Stalled Over Judge’s Absence - The Top Society

Naira Marley’s Cybercrime Trial Stalled Over Judge’s Absence

The trial of embattled Nigerian singer Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley was on Monday stalled before a Federal Court in Lagos.
The singer who was charged with cybercrime and consequently arraigned on May 20, 2019, before Justice Nicholas Oweibo had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
According to reports, the court did not sit because the trial judge, Justice Nicholas Owiebo, is said to be attending a judges’ conference.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting the defendant who made “Am I a yahoo boy” a popular street lingo after which, he was paraded.
The trial has since commenced in the case and court had accordingly granted him bail for two million naira, with two sureties in like sum.
Following the absense of the singer from trial on Oct. 6, Justice Oweibo had  issued a warrant for production of the defendant. Oweibo’s directive came after the prosecution, led by Mrs. Bilikisu Buhari, filed an application for a production warrant.
It would be recalled that the police had detained the singer  and his associate, Sam Larry, in connection with the death of Nigerian afrobeat star, Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as “Mohbad”.
During the previous adjourned date on October 30, the defense counsel, Mr. Olalekan Ojo (SAN), informed the court that despite its order for the defendant’s production, he remained conspicuously absent.
The court had consequently adjourned the case until November 13 and 30 for continuation of trial.
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