The federal high court in Lagos on Thursday, adjourned until December 11 and 12, continuation of trial of Azeez Fashola, Nigerian Musician better known as Naira Marley, over alleged fraud charges.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged Marley with 11 counts bordering on conspiracy, possession of counterfeit credit cards, and fraud.
Also mentioned in the charge is one Yad Isril, who is said to still be at large.
The singer was arraigned on May 20, before Nicholas Oweibo, the presiding judge, but he denied the charges.
Following a bail application by Olalekan Ojo, defence counsel, the court had granted Fashola bail in the sum of N2 million with sureties in like sum.
On Thursday, Oweibo adjourned the case shortly after the defence counsel had began cross examination of the first prosecution’s witness who began his evidence on Wednesday.
The court was, however, constrained to move trial to a further date, after some arguments erupted in court, between counsel in suit following insufficient seating arrangement.
The courtroom has few available seats which are always insufficient to accommodate both lawyers and litigants.
A good number of lawyers, litigants and even journalists are often forced to stand up in the courtroom throughout proceedings, due to unavailability of seats.
Trial will now continue on the next date.
Nuru Buhari, first prosecution witness, had given evidence as to the manner of information extracted from the iphone and laptop of the defendant.
He also narrated how the “EFCC retrieved damning evidence of fraud from Marley’s laptop and iphone”.
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