Order Naira Marley to remove red bag from dock, EFCC asks court
The EFCC on Tuesday prayed a Federal High Court in Lagos to order ‘a red bag’ belonging to popular Nigerian musician, Azeez Fashola a.k.a Naira Marley, be removed from his possession in the dock.
The defendant had in a case preferred against him by EFCC entered the witness box with a long small red bag, hanging across his left shoulder down to his right waist.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had preferred an 11-count charge against the musician bordering on conspiracy, possession of counterfeit cards and fraud.
The “Am I a Yahoo Boy” musician, was arraigned on May 20 before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, however, denied the charges.
Following a bail application by defence counsel, Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN), the court had granted Fashola bail in the sum of N2 million with sureties in like sum.
The trial of the defendant, which was earlier fixed for October 21, was adjourned until today (October 22).
Mr Rotimi Oyedepo announced his appearance for the EFCC while Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN) announced his appearance for the defendant.
Oyedepo urged the court to order the defendant to remove the bag in his possession from the dock.
According to Oyedepo, the defendant is expected to appear before the court “unfettered”.
Before the court could make any pronouncement, the defendant quickly removed the bag.
Meanwhile, trial in the suit could not proceed, following an application by defence counsel (Ojo).
The defence had urged Justice Oweibo to halt proceedings until a motion he filed this morning was determined.