Court sets date for Naira Marley’s trial over alleged fraudAccording to the latest reports, Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Monday set a new date for continuing his trial. The new date has been slated for October.
It was reported that, at the resumed trial, the prosecution counsel, Bilkisu Buhari said the matter was slated for cross-examination of the second prosecution witness (PW2) Anosike.
However, the counsel to the defendants, Akinwale Kola-Taiwo opposed and asked the court for postponement.
“The matter is for mention today and not continuation as disclosed by the prosecution”, he argued.
Justice Oweibo granted the prayer of the defence and adjourned the matter until October 5, 6, and 7, 2021.
Recall that Naira Marley was arraigned in 2019 on an 11-count charge of credit card fraud preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to which he pleaded guilty.
The musician effectively risks seven years in jail if found guilty, as Section 33 (2) which he was accused of breaching, reads: “Any person who uses: a counterfeit access device; an unauthorized access device; an access device issued to another person; resulting in a loss or gain commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to 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.”
The charges with suit number FHC/L/178C/19 were filed before a Lagos State High Court.