Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the remand in prison of embattled burgeoning rapper, Azeez Fashola, better known in music circles as Naira Marley.
The order was issued on Monday after the rapper appeared in court for the commencement of proceedings of an advance fee fraud suit filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Justice Oweibo, however, fixed May 30 for arguments on the bail application for Naira Marley who pleaded not guilty to 11 charges slammed on him by the EFCC bordering on alleged credit card fraud in a suit marked FHC/L/178C/19.
Count one of the charge against Naira Marley reads: “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Yard Isril (still at large), on or about the 26th day of November 2018, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired among yourselves to use access card 5264711020433662 issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27(1)(b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 33(2) of the Same Act.
If found guilty by the anti-graft agency, the rapper risks a seven-year jail term according to Section 33 (2) of the Nigerian law which states that: “Any person who uses: a counterfeit access device; an unauthorised access device; an access device issued to another person; resulting in a loss or gain commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of not more than seven years or a fine of not more than N5,000,000.00 and forfeiture of the advantage or value derived from his act.”
According to the EFCC some of the items recovered from Naira Marley which were presented as exhibits include; credit cards which bore the names- Nicole Louise Malyon, and Timea Fedorne Tatar.
The arrest, interrogation and arraignment of Naira Marley follows his open endorsement of cybercrime on social media and a song he did with Zlatan Ibile titled ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy’ which claims Yahoo Yahoo is pay back time for colonial masters for engaging in transatlantic slave trade.