On Monday, July 12, 2021, Justice I. Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, adjourned the case of Afeez Adeshina Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, who was arraigned sometime in 2019 on an 11-count charge of credit card fraud preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, until October 5, 2021.
He entered a not guilty plea to the accusation, which resulted in his trial.
The prosecution has called two witnesses, Nuru Buhari Dalhatu and Augustine Anosike, both EFCC forensic experts, who revealed to the court how the defendant frequently visited sites where stolen credit cards were sold to interested fraudsters, as well as other shocking evidence recovered from the defendant’s mobile device, since the beginning of the trial.
The prosecution counsel, Bilkisu Buhari, informed the court that the matter was set for cross-examination of the second prosecution witness, PW2, Anosike, at today’s resumed sitting, and begged the court to call the witness for the hearing to continue.
However, the defendants’ lawyer, Akinwale Kola-Taiwo, requested a quick hearing because “the subject is for mention today and not continuation as indicated by the prosecution.”
As a result, Justice Oweibo approved the defense’s request and delayed the case till October 5, 6, and 7 to continue the trial.