Court Adjourn Naira Marley Case For Internet Fraud Again

It’s all gloomy in the Marlian camp as the trial of its leader, Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, for 11 counts of conspiracy and credit card theft prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has been adjourned once again as he failed to appear in court due to his arrest by the police. The trial was postponed until November 13, 2023, by Federal High Court Judge Nicholas Oweibo of Ikoyi, Lagos, on Monday, October 30, 2023.

The police could not produce Naira Marley in court, which led to the adjournment. It was reported that the defendant was being held by the police to be questioned regarding the death of Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad. During the last hearing on October 6, 2023, Olalekan Ojo, SAN, the defendant’s attorney, informed the court that his client could not appear in court due to his detention by the police. Ojo had asked the court to reschedule the trial.

Prosecution attorney Bilkisu Buhari requested the court issue a production warrant against the defendant to guarantee his appearance on the following postponement date. Justice Oweibo heard arguments from both sides, granted the prosecution’s pleas, and issued a production warrant for the defendant. To continue the trial, the judge adjourned it until Monday, October 30, 2023.

On Monday, however, the defendant did not appear in court again. Despite the prosecution serving the police with a production warrant, Buhari informed the court that the defendant had not been brought into court. As a result, she begged the court for an extension to follow up with the police to have the defendant produced and stand trial. As a result, the judge postponed the trial until November 13 and 30, 2023.

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