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Naira Marley: How lawyers’ ‘quarrel’ over seating space stalled trial



The trial of the famous musician, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley in a Federal Superior Court of Lagos, was stopped on Thursday due to a heated argument between lawyers.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The heated argument between lawyers about their space to sit in the courtroom led to the abrupt suspension of the trial.

The discussion was between the lawyer of the Commission on Economic and Financial Crimes, EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo and Marley, Olalekan Ojo.

Following the argument, Judge Nicholas Oweibo appealed to the main lawyers to be patient with the government about inappropriate space in the courtroom. Oweibo, postponed the trial until December 11 and 12 to continue the trial.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that the prosecution presented as evidence in court an iPhone and a laptop belonging to Marley, who faces fraud charges.

The EFCC had preferred a charge of 11 charges against the musician bordering on conspiracy, possession of counterfeit credit cards and fraud. A Yad Isril is also mentioned in the charge, who is said to be still free. The popular singer was prosecuted on May 20 before Judge Oweibo but denied the charges.

Following a request for bail by the defense attorney, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, the court had granted Fashola bail for the sum of N2 million with guarantees in the same amount.