EFCC Releases Official Statement About Naira Marley

EFCC Releases Official Statement About Naira Marley

Justice Nicholas I. Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi , Lagos , on Thursday , May 30 , 2019 , granted bail to a Nigerian artiste , Azeez Fashola , also known as Naira Marley , in the sum of N2 , 000 , 000.00( Two Million Naira).

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Marley was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission , EFCC , on May 20 , 2019 on an 11-count charge bordering on cyber crime.

One of the counts reads:-

“That you , Azeez Adeshina Fashola , aka Naira Marley , and Yad Isril (still at large) , on or about the 26th day of November , 2018 , within the jurisdiction of this honourable court , conspired amongst yourself to use Access card no : 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 Cybercrime Prohibition , Prevention etc Act 2015 and punishable under Section 33(2) of the same Act.”

He pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him and was remanded in prison custody.

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At the last sitting , counsel to the defendant ,

Taiwo Oluwa Ore- Agba , had asked the court for a date to hear the bail application on behalf his client.

Consequently , Justice Oweibo had adjourned the case to May 30 , 2019(today) for hearing of the bail application.

At today’s sitting , counsel to the defendant , Olalekan Ojo , SAN , adopted the bail application before the court and urged the court to exercise its discretionary power to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms , saying “the offence before the court is a bailable one.”

EFCC Releases Official Statement About Naira Marley

EFCC Releases Official Statement About Naira Marley

However , counsel to the prosecution , Rotimi Oyedepo , opposed the bail application and urged the court to refuse the defendant bail.

“This offence relates to the use of cyber crimes and it is a time bomb if it is not expeditiously addressed.

“It will not only affect our today , but also put our tomorrow in jeopardy and the image of the country , ” he further argued.

In his ruling , Justice Nicholas Oweibo granted the defendant bail in the sum of N2 , 000 , 000.00 (Two Million Naira) with two sureties in like sum.

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One of the sureties must be a civil servant on Grade Level 10 , while the other must own a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court.

The Judge further directed the EFCC to verify the status of each of the sureties.

The case was adjourned to October 22 , 23 and 24 , 2019 for commencement of trial.

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