As his woes increase, this could spell the beginning of the end for the Marlian overlord. Regarding an ongoing EFCC investigation, a high court in Lagos has issued a production warrant for singer Naira Marley. Naira Marley is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 11 counts involving conspiracy and credit card fraud. On October 6, 2023, the commission announced that a high court in Lagos had granted their request for a production warrant ordering him to appear in court while in the police’s custody.
Per the charge, the defendant is accused of committing the charges between November 26, December 11, and May 10 of this year. According to the indictment, Fashola and his associates planned to defraud their victims using various Access Bank ATM cards. According to the document, the defendant reportedly used an Access Card with the number 5264711020433662 belonging to someone else to obtain unauthorized financial benefits. He was said to have stolen these fake credit cards out of the hands of their respective cardholders, intending to defraud them. The offences violate the 2015 Cyber Crime (Prohibition) Prevention Act’s Sections 1, 23, 1, 27, 1, and 33(9).
The statement read,
“Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Friday, October 5, 2023, issued a production warrant against Nigerian singer, Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley. Naira Marley is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on 11-count charges bordering on conspiracy and credit card fraud.At the resumed sitting on Friday, counsel to the defendant, Olalekan Ojo, SAN informed the court that the defendant was unavoidably absent from court owing to his being detained by the Police for interrogation in respect of the murder of Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, also known as Mohbad. Ojo, therefore, prayed the court for an adjournment of the trial.Responding, prosecution counsel, Bilkisu Buhari, however, prayed the court to issue a production warrant against the defendant to ensure his presence in court on the next adjourned date. Justice Oweibo granted the prayers of the prosecution counsel and issued a production warrant against the defendant.The judge further adjourned the matter till October 30, 2023 for continuation of trial.”