On Wednesday, a Federal High Court in Lagos State admitted more exhibits as evidence in the ongoing trial of indigenous rapper, Azeez Fashola, alias Naira Marley.
Recall that the rapper was indicted for fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on May 14, 2019.
The anti-graft agency charged the singer, with 11 counts of conspiracy, possession of counterfeit credit cards and fraud.
The rapper pleaded not guilty and he was released from prison custody after perfecting his bail condition.
However, Justice Nicolas Oweibo, in his ruling, admitted the Compact Disk containing the rapper’s phone analysis, which was given by the second prosecution witness, Anosike Augustine.
The court allowed the evidence to be admitted on the ground that the iPhone, which was analyzed, has been admitted in evidence before.
The judge overruled the objection of Naira Marley’s counsel, Olalekan Ojo (SAN) and admitted the CD in evidence marked exhibit ‘F’. The trial of the case could not also proceed because the defence counsel, Olalekan Ojo, had sought for an adjournment.
“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 witness,
“Accordingly, it is hereby admitted in evidence and marked exhibit F.
The trial of the case could however not go on after the ruling as the defence counsel, Olalekan Ojo was not in court.” Oweibo said.
Justice Oweibo adjourned the further trial to 8th and 11th of March, 2021.