Internet fraud: Lagos court orders appearance of Naira Marley on October 30

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In a recent legal development, Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court in Lagos issued a significant ruling pertaining to the renowned Nigerian musician, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as “Naira Marley.” The judge issued a warrant for Naira Marley’s production in court, a decision made in response to the musician’s absence during his trial on allegations of internet fraud, charges being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Naira Marley, a prominent figure in Nigeria’s music scene, had failed to appear in court, prompting his lawyer, Olalekan Ojo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, to provide an explanation. Ojo informed the judge that his client’s non-appearance was due to his detention by the Lagos Police, who were interrogating him regarding the unfortunate demise of another Nigerian artist, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, widely known as “Mohbad.” This detention, which occurred a week prior to the court hearing, had prevented Naira Marley from attending the trial, as he was being held for questioning in connection with Mohbad’s death.

The circumstances surrounding Mohbad’s passing have raised significant concerns, leading to a broader investigation. Naira Marley, along with his associate Sam Larry, found themselves entangled in this investigation, resulting in their detention by the Lagos Police.

In light of these developments, Naira Marley’s legal representative sought an adjournment, while the prosecution, represented by Bilkisu Buhari, urged the court to issue a production warrant. This warrant, requested by the prosecution, would ensure Naira Marley’s presence in court during the next adjourned date.

Responding to the arguments presented, Justice Oweibo exercised his judicial authority by issuing the production warrant, stipulating that Naira Marley must be presented in court on October 30. This decision underscores the gravity of the charges against the musician and the importance of his presence during the ongoing legal proceedings.

The case has garnered significant attention not only due to Naira Marley’s celebrity status but also because it highlights the intersection of the entertainment industry, legal accountability, and social responsibility. As the trial continues, it remains a focal point in Nigeria’s legal landscape, with many eagerly awaiting the proceedings and their outcomes.

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