A new exhibits has been admitted as evidence in the fraud trial of the popular Nigerian artiste Naira Marley, whose real name is Azeez Fashola. This evidence was admitted by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos State.
Recall that EFCC had on May 20, 2019, arraigned Naira Marley on 11 counts of money laundering and Internet fraud.
Justice Nicolas Oweibo in his ruling on Wednesday, Jan 26, admitted the Compact Disk containing Naira Marley’s phone analysis, tendered in evidence by the second prosecution witness Anosike Augustine on the ground that the iPhone which was analysed has been admitted in evidence before.
Naira Marley’s lawyer, Olalekan Ojo (SAN) objected to the exhit should not admitted as evidence but was overruled by the Judge.
“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,” Nicolas said.
The trial of the case could not proceed further because the defence counsel, Olalekan Ojo, was not in court and sought an adjournment.
Justice Nicolas adjourned the further trial to 8th and 11th of March, 2021 .