A Federal High Court in Lagos state on Thursday fixed December 11 and 12 as dates for continuation of the trial of musician Azeez Fashola, whose stage name is Naira Marley, Concise News reports.
Marley, charged by Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is facing 11 counts bordering on conspiracy, possession of counterfeit credit cards, and fraud.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo adjourned the case shortly after defence counsel Olalekan Ojo (SAN) had begun cross examination of the first prosecution’s witness.
Concise News learned that the court moved the trial to a further date after some arguments erupted between counsel in suit following insufficient seating arrangement.
This news medium understands that the courtroom has few available seats which are always insufficient to accommodate both lawyers and litigants.
According to the counts, the defendant allegedly committed the offences on 26 November, 2018, 11 December, 2018, and 10 May, 2019.
The “Issa goal” singer had been arraigned on 20 May before Justice Oweibo, but he denied the charges.
Following a bail application by his counsel, Ojo, the court granted Fashola bail in the sum of N2 million with sureties in like sum.