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Naira Marley vs EFCC trial gets new date

INSIDEMAINLAND – The Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi,  Lagos, on Monday, fixed a new date for the continuation of Afeez Fashola, a.ka. Naira Marley’s trial.

The presiding judge, Justice Nicholas Oweibo adjourned the trial until October 5, 6, and 7, 2021.

The adjournment was sequel to the request of Barrister Akinwale Kola-Taiwo (defence counsel) who asked the court for postponement after testimonies from witnesses.

Recall that Naira Marley was arraigned in 2019 on an 11-count charge of credit card fraud preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The music superstar pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The prosecution at the resumed trial had called two witnesses, Nuru Buhari Dalhatu and Augustine Anosike, both forensic experts with the EFCC.

They told the court how Naira Marleyfrequently visited sites where stolen credit cards were sold to interested fraudsters.

The experts also revealed what was described as “shocking evidence” recovered from the defendant’s mobile device.

The prosecution counsel, Bilkisu Buhari said the matter was slated for cross-examination of the second prosecution witness (PW2) Anosike.

However, the prayer of the defense counsel was granted in favor of an adjournment in the trial.