The case between (EFCC) Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Nigerian musician, Azeez Fashola (a.k.a Naira Marley), on Monday appeared before a Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos over allegations of credit card fraud and cyber-crime.
Naira Marley was seen at about 9:46am when he arrived the court premises, looking sober in his white T-shirt and black trousers.
The event became emotional when his mother burst into tears on sighting him while family members who accompanied her tried to pacify her.
Justice I.N. Oweibo stood down the case some minutes after the musician entered the dock, to wait for his counsel.
However, one of the defence counsels for Naira Marley, Taiwo Oreagba is currently on ground.
As the count one read charge: “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Yard Isril (still at large), on or about the 26th day of November 2018, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired amongst yourselves to use access card 5264711020433662 issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27(1)(b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 33(2) of the Same Act.”
When the counts were read to him, Naira Marley pleaded not guilty.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had filed the charge against him on Tuesday, May 14.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo, ordered his remand after his arraignment before the court on 11 counts of alleged credit fraud.
If convicted on the charge, the musician shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than seven years or a fine of not more than N5,000,000.00 and forfeiture of the advantage or value derived from his act.