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by Ikem Emmanuel

In the ongoing trial of popular street-hop artist Azeez Fashola, widely known as Naira Marley, the Federal High Court in Lagos experienced a delay on Monday due to the absence of the trial judge, Justice Nicholas Owiebo. The judge was reportedly attending a judges’ conference, causing a pause in the proceedings.

Naira Marley faces charges related to cybercrime, with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecuting him since May 14, 2019. The artist, who coined the phrase “Am I a Yahoo boy,” pleaded not guilty and was granted bail of N2 million with two sureties.

Despite the trial having commenced, the absence of Justice Oweibo has prompted setbacks. A production warrant was issued for Naira Marley when he was notably absent from the proceedings on October 6, following an application by the prosecution.

In a related development, the Lagos State Police Command had previously detained Naira Marley and his associate, Sam Larry, in connection with the death of artist Oladimeji Aloba, known as “Mohbad.”

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The defense counsel, Mr. Olalekan Ojo (SAN), informed the court on the last adjourned date that Naira Marley remained absent despite the production warrant. The court subsequently adjourned the case to November 13 and 30 for the trial to continue.


The legal hurdles persist, and Naira Marley’s cybercrime trial encounters challenges as the judicial process unfolds. The saga continues to capture public attention, with the next court dates eagerly awaited by both supporters and critics.

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