Naira Marley Granted Bail By Federal High Court

Nigerian singer, Azeez Fashalo, popularly known as Naira Marley has been granted bail by the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Wearing a dark blue shirt and black jeans, the singer was ushered into court by members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for his bail hearing.

At the resumed bail application, the lead defense counsel Olalekan Ojo for the singer apologized for his absence at the initial arraignment on May 20 due to heavy down poor.

Ojo urged the court to accept the bail application Prima Facie based on the presumption of his innocence in accordance with Section 162 (1)

Justice Nicholas Oweibo who presided over the bail hearing after listening to the defense and prosecution arguments granted the singer bail to the sum of two million naira (2,000,000) and two sureties, one with a landed property and the other, a Civil Servant, not lower than a level officer.

The trial has been adjourned to 22, 23 and 24 of October for accelerated hearing.

On May 10th, 2019 Naira Marley was arrested by the EFCC alongside rapper, Zlatan Ibile, Rahman Jago, Guccy Branch and another unknown person for alleged credit card fraud. Five days later, Zlatan Ibile, and three others were released.

Marley was charged with 11 counts of violating the Cyber Crimes Act of 2015 to which he pleaded not guilty. If found guilty he risks up to seven years in jail.

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