Hip-hop singer Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, arrived at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi on Wednesday for the continuation of his trial.
Naira Marley appeared in court to defend himself against Internet fraud allegations levelled against him by the EFCC.
The EFCC testified against the artist on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, presenting numerous pieces of evidence to support its case.
On Wednesday, October 27, the musician and his entourage appeared in court.
On Tuesday, October 26, the court listened to the testimony of a second prosecution witness, Anosike Augustine, a mobile forensic expert with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after he was led in evidence by the prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo.
The witness and forensic expert showed visual displays of the credit card numbers, chats, as well as the incoming and outgoing short message services (SMS), which were analyzed from the defendant’s iPhone.
According to the witness’s previous testimony, he stated that 977 SMS and 1,433 chat communications were detected in the singer’s iPhone, along with seven pending status update messages.
Naira Marley was detained in May 2019 alongside men who have since been identified as rappers Zlatan Ibile, Rahman Jago, Guccy Branch, and another unidentified individual.
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The musician is facing an 11-count indictment brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for alleged money laundering and online fraud (EFCC).
The EFCC alleged that Naira Marley and his associates colluded to scam their victims by using various ATM cards.
The EFCC also claimed that the defendant had and utilized fake credit cards belonging to several people with the goal to defraud others.
His trial was one of the most widely aired in the country during its early stages.
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