A federal high court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State on Monday adjourned the ongoing fraud trial of Naira Marley till Tuesday, the 5th of October 2021.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo passed this adjournment on Monday, the 12th of July 2021. Naira Marley was put on trial for fraud in 2019 when he was arrested alongside four other friends, including fellow rapper, Zlatan Ibile. EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren revealed via a press statement that two forensic experts had been called as witnesses during the trial. He revealed how the rapper “frequently visited sites where stolen credit cards were sold to interested fraudsters”. Wilson wrote;
Internet Fraud: Court Adjourns Naira Marley’s Trial Till Oct. 5 Justice I. Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Monday, July 12, 2021, adjourned till October 5, 2021 for continuation of trial in the case of Afeez Adeshina Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, who was arraigned sometime in 2019 on an 11-count charge of credit card fraud preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. He pleaded not guilty to the charge, thereby leading to his trial. Since the commencement of the trial, the prosecution had called two witnesses, Nuru Buhari Dalhatu and Augustine Anosike, both forensic experts with the EFCC, who revealed to the court how the defendant frequently visited sites where stolen credit cards were sold to interested fraudsters as well as other shocking evidence recovered from the defendant’s mobile device.
The long adjournment of Naira Marley’s fraud trail is in view of the court’s annual vacation, which begins on July 26 and ends on September 17 (53 days).