The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is set to present nine witnesses in its case against musician Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, The PUNCH can report .
According to court documents obtained by our correspondent , the witnesses would give evidence of their investigation , tender exhibits and reveal their findings to the court .
Three of the witnesses were said to have taken the defendant ’ s and witnesses’ statements .
The remaining are representatives of Mastercard , Visa Inc and Guaranty Trust Bank , who are expected to tender relevant card and account details of the defendant to the court .
The artiste was arrested on May 10 at 9 Gbangbala Street , Ikate , Lekki , Lagos , together with Omomniyi Temidayo ( aka Zlatan Ibile ) and three others for alleged advance fee fraud.
After his arrest, the anti – graft agency filed 11 charges against Naira Marley bordering on alleged cybercrime and identity theft .
The alleged crimes were in contravention of the Money Laundering ( Prohibition ) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act , which the artiste risks seven years in jail if found guilty .
Section 33 ( 2 ) of the Act, which Naira Marley was accused of contravening reads , “ 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 N 5 , 000, 000. 00 and forfeiture of the advantage or value derived from his act . ”
The charges with suit number FHC /L / 178C /19 were filed before a Lagos State High Court.
Ten days after his arrest, Naira Marley was arraigned before Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos .
Justice Oweibo ordered that the artiste be remanded in custody until May 30 to take the bail application filed by the defendant ’ s counsel , Mrs Taiwo Oreagba .
He was subsequently granted bail to the tune of N 2 m .
According to court documents obtained by The PUNCH, the EFCC has listed nine witnesses to testify against the artiste at his trial .
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