Just In: Naira Marley granted bail (Photo)
Singer Azeez Adeshina Fashola, better known as NairaMarley has been granted bail by the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos
The ‘Am I a Yahoo Boy’ crooner was today 30th May, 2019 granted bail in the sum of 2 Million Naira with sureties with landed properties in Lagos after he had spent 10 days in prison .
Marley will however remain in prison until his bail condition is fulfilled.
At the resumed bail application, his lead defense counsel Olalekan Ojo, SAN, urged the court to accept the bail application based on the presumption of his innocence in accordance with Section 162 (1)
The defense also pleaded that a liberal approach is taken in hearing the bail application.
The prosecution counsel, led by Rotimi Oyedepo, however, argued that it is not the temporary release of the singer that mattered but the final judgment.
He, therefore, urged the court to grant accelerated hearing rather than bail. He added that since the lawyer of the defendant said the defendant is a celebrity, then his actions and inactions have a multiplier effect on youths in the entire federation.
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 N2m and two sureties.
One of the sureties must be on Grade Level 10 in the Federal or state employment. The other surety must have a landed property within the court’s jurisdiction. The judge directed EFCC to verify the bail terms.
The trial has been adjourned to 22, 23 and 24 of October, 2019, for accelerated hearing. The singer is to remain in prison till the bail conditions are fully met
EFCC had arraigned him before the court on 11 count charges bordering on cybercrime, which he pleaded not guilty to.
One of the counts reads: “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Yad Isril (still at large), on or about the 26th day of November, 2018, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired amongst yourself to use Access card no : 5264711020433662 issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27(1) (b) of the Cybercrime Prohibition, Prevention etc Act 2015 and punishable under Section 33(2) of the same Act.”
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him by the anti-graft agency.
In view of his pleas, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, asked the court for a trial date.
Oyedepo also prayed for accelerated hearing of the case and urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody.
Counsel to the defendant, Taiwo Oluwa Ore- Agba, asked the court for a date to hear the bail application on behalf of his client.
Consequently, Justice Oweibo adjourned the case to May 30, 2019, and ordered the defendant to be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing of the bail application
Ahead of his court appearance today, some Nigerians took diferent social media platforms to demand for Naira Marley’s freedom by trending the hashtag #FreeNairaMarley.
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