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BREAKING NEWS: Court admits more evidence in Naira Marley’s fraud trial

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A Federal High Court in Lagos has admitted in evidence a compact disc (CD) containing expert analysis of the contents of an iPhone allegedly found in the possession hip-hop singer Azeez Fashola, otherwise known as Naira Marley.

Justice Nicolas Oweibo admitted the CD tendered in evidence by second prosecution witness Anosike Augustine, on the ground, among others, that the iPhone itself had already been admitted in evidence.

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).

He was arraigned on May 20, 2019, pleaded not guilty and is out on bail.

Trial has since commenced with the court adjourning proceedings till yesterday for ruling on whether to admit more evidence against the ‘Am I a Yahoo boy’ and ‘Soapy’ crooner, as prayed by the EFCC.

The judge overruled the objection of Naira Marley’s counsel Olalekan Ojo (SAN) and admitted the CD in evidence marked exhibit ‘F.’

Giving his ruling, Justice Oweibo overruled Ojo’s the objection and admitted the CD in evidence, as Exhibit F.

“l have considered the agreement of both parties as well as the ground for the objection. I consider the CD to be admissible in view of the nature of this case and the evidence of other prosecution witness.Oweibo added.

“Accordingly it is hereby admitted in evidence and marked Exhibit F.”

However, further hearing could not continue following Ojo’s absence.

An adjournment sought by his junior Akinwale Kola-Taiwo, was not opposed by EFCC counsel Bilkisu Buhari.

Justice Oweibo adjourned till March 8 and 11 for continuation of trial.

In the charge, the EFCC alleged, among others, that some of the credit cards discovered in Marley’s residence bore the fictitious names Nicole Louise Malyon and Timea Fedorne Tatar.

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