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Court issues production warrant against rapper



Naira Marley

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Friday, October 6, issued a production warrant for Nigerian rapper Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley.

The warrant, issued by Justice Nicholas Oweibo, directed that Naira Marley appear in court to resume his prosecution for alleged cybercrime offences.

Naira Marley is facing prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on 11-count charges bordering on conspiracy and credit card fraud.

Chronicle NG reports that the controversial “Am I a Yahoo Boy” and “Soapy” singer arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday, October 3, following a police invitation.

Following the resumption of sitting on Friday, counsel to the defendant, Olalekan Ojo, SAN, informed the court that the defendant was unavoidably absent from court owing to his being detained by the police for interrogation in respect to the murder of Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.

Ojo, therefore, prayed to the court for an adjournment of the trial.

In response, prosecution lawyer Bilkisu Buhari asked the court to issue a production warrant against the defendant in order to secure his attendance in court on the next adjourned date.

Justice Oweibo granted the prosecution counsel’s requests and issued a production warrant against the defendant.

The judge further adjourned the case until October 30, 2023, to allow for the continuation of the trial.

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