The Lagos State government on Wednesday reached an out of court settlement with controversial musician, Azeez Fashola aka Naira Marley and former Lagos gubernatorial aspirant Babatunde Gbadamosi and wife, Folasade.
The state government agreed to drop the four-court charge filed against them before the Lagos State Magistrates Court sitting in Ogba on the fulfilment of three conditions.
According to the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Lagos, Yakub Oshoala, the defendants must write a formal letter of apology to the Federal and State governments which will solidify the remorsefulness shown by them.
Oshoala also maintained that they have to give an undertaking in writing that they will continue to comply with the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu which is the subject matter of the case before the court.
He also said that in view of the danger which the state believes they have put themselves in by attending a gathering exceeding 20 persons, they must agree to go on a 14-days isolation to protect other members of the public from any likely danger.
The DPP Lagos also told the court that even though the state has filed a charge before the court, a few minutes before the court sat, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN) forwarded a directive to him that having considered the remorsefulness of the three defendants, the AG has considered setting the case out of court based on the defendants fulfilling the three conditions.
He said,” this is absolutely necessary in view of the fact that some individuals who travelled from endangered countries where present at the party.
“The state is not a persecutor but it is always ready to enforce the laws that benefit the interest of the public.
“If they agree to this conditions, the four count charge will be withdrawn and that will be the end of the matter. We will keep it in abeyance.” Oshoala submitted.
The defence team which included: Olawale Akoni (SAN), who represented Naira Marley, Dr Bayo Adaralegbe who represented Babatunde Gbadamosi and Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) who represented Folasade Gbadamosi all agreed to the conditions.
Akoni stated, “On behalf of the second defendant, we wish to express our appreciation to the state, the DPP and to confirm to the court that we accept the three conditions.
On his part Adegboruwa said, “on behalf of the third defendant, we express our appreciation to his excellency, Mr President and the Governor, the AG, the DPP & his team, the Police and most of all the court.
“The third defendant is a law abiding citizen and accepts all the three conditions as stipulated by the DPP.
The development made Magistrate Yewande Aje-Afunwa to adjourn the case to April 9 for report of settlement.