Video: Naira Marley appears in court

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Nigerian Musician, Naira Marley, born Afeez Fashola who was arrested and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has appeared before the Federal High Court in Ikoyi on Monday, May 20, 2019 for the commencement of proceedings against him filed by the EFCC.

Naira Marley was arrested in connection with advance fee fraud polpularly called ‘yahoo yahoo’.

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Naira Marley appeared in the court wearing a white T shirt and a pair of jeans. His lawyer was however absent at the court.

The singer pleads ‘Not Guilty’, and has been remanded in the EFCC Custody until May 30, 2019 by the court.

On May 10, 2019, Naira Marley, born Afeez Fashola was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside men now identified as rapper, Zlatan Ibile, Rahman Jago, Guccy Branch and another unknown person. Five days later, Zlatan Ibile, and three others were released.

On the same day that some Zlatan and the rest were released, the EFCC filed an 11-count fraud-related charge against Naira Marley. Today, he appears before the Federal High Court, Ikoyi on the charges filed against him.

When the news broke, it was alleged that his offense was credit card fraud. Also alleged was that, cards carrying Nicole Louise Malyon, and Timea Fedorne Tatar were found on him.

This comes after the storm he created on social media with his brazen support for internet fraud. His claims and antics also started exchanges with Nigerian celebrities like Tunde Ednut, Ruggedman and singer, Simi.

If found guilty, Naira Marley faces imprisonment for a term of not more than seven years or a fine of not more than N5,000,000.00 and forfeiture of the advantage or value derived from his act.

Yetunde Adegoke

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