Naira Marley's Trial Stalled Due To Witness Absence

Naira Marley's Trial Stalled Due To Witness Absence
Join @Naijakit On Telegram For Instant Updates (Click Here)

Naira Marley's Trial Stalled Due To Witness Absence
30th November 2021, 11:17 PM

Naira Marleys Trial Stalled Due To Witness Absence

The absence of Mr Augustine Anosike, an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) witness has stalled the trial of Nigerian singer, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo, of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Tuesday, adjourned  Marley’s alleged cybercrime, till February 16, 2022.

Anosike, a forensic analyst, is testifying as a second prosecution witness in the case.

Marley, who was arrested by the Commission, on May 14, 2019, has been standing trial on an 11-count charge bothering on the offence.

According to the EFCC, the defendant committed the offences on different dates between November 26, 2018, and December 11, 2018, as well as May 10, 2019.

The EFCC claimed that some of the credit cards discovered in Marley’s residence bore the fictitious names Nicole Louise Malyon and Timea Fedorne Tatar.

These, the agency alleged, were used in furtherance of internet scams.

Marley, who sang the hit songs ‘Soapy’ and ‘Am I a Yahoo Boy’, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment on May 20, 2019, and is out on bail.

The trial has since commenced in the case and Anosike, who concluded his examination in chief on October 27, was scheduled for cross-examination.

When the case came up yesterday, EFCC counsel Rotimi Oyedepo announced an appearance for the prosecution, while Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN) appeared for the defendant.

Mr Oyedepo informed the court that his witness was unavoidably absent on what he termed “compassionate grounds”.

He added that the witness was in his village, and prayed the court for an adjournment till December 14.

But Mr Ojo lamented the delay, saying “It is rather unfortunate that the matter could not proceed today; the prosecution ought to have given sufficient notice of the witness’ absence.”

Ojo said that in the circumstances, there was nothing he could do. He urged the prosecution to ensure that adequate information reaches him sooner if a similar circumstance occurs.

The prosecutor however clarified that “I only got information as to the witness’ absence, at about 9.30 am while still in the parking lot of the court this morning,” adding that it was not in his character to waste the court’s time.

Following the parties’ agreement, the court adjourned till February 16 and February 17 for the continuation of trial.

The court vacated the previous date of December 14 on the ground that the date was no longer available for the court, following activities for the new legal year.

Naijakit creates content to benefit users and artists alike. We do this by showing data in an easy-to-digest format.

We help artists track their progress, promote songs and reach their target audience.

We have permission from the artists to display most of our content, where we do not request permission, Naijakit use content under fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, promotion, and research.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, If Naijakit has infringed on your copyright or the copyright of someone you represent, and you want your media files and lyrics to be removed from Naijakit database.

Naijakit will respond to “any and all take-down requests” that comply with the requirements of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and other applicable intellectual property laws.

Where we get songs to upload?

Naijakit have an upload form on the site, where users have to be registered

to upload song. Admin look at the song and decide if to approve it or not after some checks.

We also receive songs from artists representatives, artists, bloggers asking us to promote songs on our site.

Naijakit TV


Write a Comment


*NOTE:* You Need To Provide a Valid Phone Number Incase we want to reach you back. or you want us to contact you back.. Via your comment.. Thanks, Your Comment is important to us!