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Court Remands Musician, Naira Marley, In Prison Custody



Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court, Lagos yesterday remanded controversial musician, Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, in prison over his alleged involvement in credit card fraud.

Justice Oweibo ordered that the upcoming musician be kept in custody after he was arraigned before him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on an 11-count charge of conspiracy and fraud.

Naira Marley, who pleaded not guilty to the charge, will remain behind bars tilll the hearing and determination of his bail application by the court.

He risks seven years in jail if found guilty in accordance with Section 33 (2) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015.

Some of the credit cards, according to the EFCC, bore Nicole Louise Malyon and Timea Fedorne Tatar.

The alleged crimes were in contravention of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act.

The court fixed May 30, 2019 for arguments on the application for bail.

The singer, who was arrested and detained by the EFCC on May 10 is known for repeatedly praising internet fraudsters, popularly called “Yahoo Boys”, in his songs and on the social media.

Naira Marley was arrested alongside his friend and fellow musician, Zlatan Ibile, who was released last Wednesday. Tiamiu Kayode, Adewunmi Moses and Abubakar Musa, his crew members, were later released.