Court Grant Naira Marley N2million bail

Embattled singer Azeez Fashola,
popularly known as Naira Marley, has
been granted bail by the Federal High
Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State.
Concise News reports that Naira Marley
had earlier pleaded not guilty to the
cyber fraud charges pressed against
him by the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission ( EFCC ).
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The musician’s lead defense counsel,
Olalekan Ojo, at the resumed bail
application on Thursday apologized for
his absence at the initial arraignment
on May 20 due to heavy down poor.
Ojo urged the court to accept the bail
application Prima Facie based on the
presumption of his innocence in
accordance with Section 162 (1)
The defense also pleaded that a liberal
approach is taken in hearing the bail
The prosecution counsel, led by Rotimi
Oyedepo, however, argued that it is not
the temporary release of the singer
that mattered but the final judgment.
He, therefore, urged the court to grant
accelerated hearing rather than bail.
He added that since the lawyer of the
defendant said the defendant is a
celebrity, then his actions and inactions
have a multiplier effect on youths in
the entire federation.
The presiding judge, Justice Nicholas
Oweibo, after listening to the defense
and prosecution arguments granted the
singer bail to the sum of two million
naira, two sureties.
The trial has been adjourned to 22, 23
and 24 of October for accelerated