Why the Nigerian Court Shifted Naira Marley’s Internet Fraud Trial

On Monday, a federal high court in Ikoyi, Lagos, rescheduled Naira Marley’s trial for alleged online fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting the musician on 11 counts of conspiracy and credit card theft.

During the last court session, the defendant’s counsel, Olalekan Ojo, stated that Naira Marley was not present since he was in police detention in connection with Mohbad’s death.

Ojo then prayed the court for an adjournment of the trial.

However, prosecuting counsel Bilkisu Buhari requested that the court issue a production warrant against Naira Marley to ensure his appearance on the next adjourned date.

The presiding judge, Nicholas Oweibo, granted the prosecution counsel’s requests and issued a production warrant against the defendant.

The judge later deferred the case to October 30 for the trial to resume.

However, the Lagos police failed to produce the singer in court on Monday.

As a result, the presiding judge scheduled the following sessions for November 13 and 30.

Naira Marley, who is now being questioned by police, is a person of interest in the death of promising artist Mohbad.

Mohbad passed away on September 12. He was laid to rest the following day.

On September 21, the police exhumed Mohbad’s corpse for autopsy and are awaiting the results.

On October 4, a magistrate court sitting in Yaba held that Naira Marley be remanded for 21 days.

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