Alleged Fraud: Court Admits More Evidence In Naira Marley’s Trial

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has admitted more exhibits in evidence in the ongoing trial of controversial singer Naira Marley.

Justice Nicolas Oweibo, in his ruling on Wednesday, 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.

The judge overruled the objection of the singer’s counsel Olalekan Ojo and admitted the disk in evidence marked exhibit F.

“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 witnesses,” the judge said.

The trial of the case could not proceed due to Ojo’s absence in the court and sought an adjournment.

Bilkisu Buhari counsel for the prosecutor, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), did not oppose the adjournment.

Justice Oweibo adjourned the case to March 8 and 11, 2021.

It could be recalled that Naira Marley was in 2019 arraigned by the EFCC over money laundering and internet fraud allegations.

The antigraft agency said that the offences contravene Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

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