A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Monday adjourned the ongoing alleged internet fraud (yahoo) trial of Nigerian musician, Afeez Adeshina Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley.
The case has been adjourned to October 5, 6 and 7 respectively by Judge Nicholas Oweibo.
The judge adjourned the fraud case because of the court’s annual vacation, to commence on July 26 and ends on September 17 (53 days).
Naira Marley is standing trial on an 11-count charge bordering on alleged money laundering and internet fraud preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC arrested Naira Marley, Zlatan, four others in May 2019 in connection with an alleged case of internet fraud and money laundering.
Marley pleaded not guilty and was granted bail after he was arraigned.
The anti-graft agency also alleged that some of the credit cards discovered in the singer’s house had fictitious names Nicole Louise Malyon and Timea Fedorne Tatar on them.
According to the EFCC, the items discovered in his possession were used for alleged internet fraud as the commission said the offences contravened the Money Laundering (Prohibition) and the Cyber Crimes Acts.
The counsel to the EFCC, Bilkisu Buhari, informed the judge, that the matter was slated for cross-examination of the second prosecution witness, Anosike. She prayed the court to invite the witness for the continuation of the hearing.
However, the defense counsel Akinwale Kola-Taiwo, prayed the court for a short date for the continuation of trial on the grounds that “the matter is for mention today and not continuation as disclosed by the prosecution.”
In January, the court admitted more exhibits in evidence in the ongoing trial.
The court also admitted more evidence, a compact disc marked exhibit F, containing Naira Marley’s phone analysis tendered by the second prosecution witness, Mr Augustine.
In 2020, Naira Marley and his manager, Seyi Awonuga, were arraigned and sentenced by the Lagos police for violating the interstate travel ban during the COVID-19 travel restriction.
They both pleaded guilty to the charge and were asked to pay a fine of N100,000.