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Alleged fraud: Court admits more evidence against Naira Marley

The trial judge thus admitted the evidence as Exhibit F.  

A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos has admitted more evidence against Nigerian popular singer, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley who facing charges for a fraud-related allegation.

The trial of the musician continued on January 27, 2021, with Justice Nicholas Oweibo admitting more evidence against him.  

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Naira Marley for offence bordering on conspiracy and credit card fraud. He pleaded “not guilty” to the 11 counts filed against him.

This is according to a brief made available on Wednesday by Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC Head of Media and Publicity.

Recall that the EFCC had on February 28, 2020, through its second witness, Augustine Anosike, sought to tender in evidence a compact disc containing information, analysis and extractions from the defendant’s iPhone.

The defence counsel, Olalekan Ojo, SAN had objected to its admissibility, which was equally opposed to by the prosecution.  

Justice Oweibo, delivering ruling today, dismissed the objection, noting that “the disk and investigation report includes some of the contents extracted from the iPhone which has already been admitted in evidence”.  

The trial judge thus admitted the evidence as Exhibit F.  

Thereafter, the prosecuting counsel, Bilikisu Buhari, informed the Court that the prosecution was ready to continue with the case as the witness was in court to continue with his testimony.

Akinwale Kole-Taiwo, who appeared for the defence, however, appealed with the Court for an adjournment because “the lead counsel, Olalekan Ojo, SAN was in Edo for another matter”. Following the appeal, Justice Oweibo adjourned till March 8 and 11, 2021 for “continuation of hearing”.

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