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Naira Marley’s fraud case: Court fixes date for continuation of trial

A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State has fixed a date for the continuation of the trial of popular musician, Naira Marley for possible Internet fraud.

NaijaOnPoint.com (TNG) reports the court, presided over by Justice I. Nicholas Oweibo on Monday adjourned till October for the continuation of the popular musician’s trial.

Recall that Naira Marley, whose real names are Afeez Adeshina Fashola, was arraigned sometime in 2019 on 11-count charge of credit card fraud.

The 11-count charge of credit card fraud was preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

TNG reports Naira Marley pleaded not guilty to the charge, thereby leading to his trial.

Since the commencement of the trial, the prosecution had called two witnesses, Nuru Buhari Dalhatu and Augustine Anosike, who are both forensic experts with the EFCC.

The forensic experts revealed to the court how the defendant frequently visited websites where stolen credit cards were sold to interested fraudsters.

The forensic experts also revealed other shocking evidence recovered from the defendant’s mobile device, according to the EFCC.

At the resumed sitting today, the prosecution counsel, Bilkisu Buhari, informed the court that the matter was slated for cross-examination of the second prosecution witness, PW2,  Anosike, and also urged the court to call on the witness for the continuation of the hearing.

However, counsel to the defendants, Akinwale Kola-Taiwo, asked the court for a short date on the grounds that “the matter is for mention today and not continuation as disclosed by the prosecution.”

Consequently, Justice Oweibo granted the prayer of the defence and adjourned the matter till October 5, 6 and 7 for continuation of trial.

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