GTB Officer, Master Card Official And Others To Testify Against Naira Marley

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According to a report by Punch Metro , the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is set to present nine witnesses in its case against musician Azeez Fashola , aka Naira Marley.

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According to court documents obtained by our correspondent , the witnesses would give evidence of their investigation , tender exhibits and reveal their findings to the court.

Three of the witnesses were said to have taken the defendant’s and witnesses’ statements.

The remaining are representatives of Mastercard , Visa Inc and Guaranty Trust Bank , who are expected to tender relevant card and account details of the defendant to the court.

The artiste was arrested on May 10 at 9 Gbangbala Street , Ikate , Lekki , Lagos , together with Omomniyi Temidayo (aka Zlatan Ibile) and three others for alleged advance fee fraud.

After his arrest , the anti-graft agency filed 11 charges against Naira Marley bordering on alleged cybercrime and identity theft.

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The alleged crimes were in contravention of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act , which the artiste risks seven years in jail if found guilty.

Section 33 (2) of the Act , which Naira Marley was accused of contravening reads , “Any person who uses: a counterfeit access device; an unauthorised access device; an access device issued to another person; resulting in a loss or gain commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction 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.”

The charges with suit number FHC/L/178C/19 were filed before a Lagos State High Court.

Ten days after his arrest , Naira Marley was arraigned before Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court , Ikoyi , Lagos.

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Justice Oweibo ordered that the artiste be remanded in custody until May 30 to take the bail application filed by the defendant’s counsel , Mrs Taiwo Oreagba.

He was subsequently granted bail to the tune of N2m.

According to court documents obtained by The PUNCH , the EFCC has listed nine witnesses to testify against the artiste at his trial.

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