Court admits CD analysis of Naira Marley’s phone


Dayo Ojerinde and Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe

The alleged credit card fraud trial of hip hop singer, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, has resumed at the Federal High Court in Lagos as the court admitted in evidence the compact disc containing the expert analysis of the content of his iPhone.

Recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on May 20, 2019 arraigned Naira Marley on an 11-count charge bordering on money laundering and Internet fraud.

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He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment and was granted bail in the sum of N2m with two sureties.

The singer’s counsel, Olalekan Ojo (SAN), had opposed the tendering of the CD by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the court had adjourned for a ruling.

At the resumed proceedings on Wednesday, Justice Oweibo while admitting the CD in evidence held that the iPhone itself had already been admitted in evidence.

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He ruled, “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 witnesses.

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

However, a further hearing in the matter could not continue following Ojo’s absence.

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An adjournment sought by the defence lawyer was not opposed by the EFCC counsel, Bilkisu Buhari.

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

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