Guilty or not guilty? Naira Marley faces court jurisdiction over alleged fraud case

On May 20, 2019, Nigerian artist, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley appeared before Justice Nicholas I. Oweibo at the  Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, over an 11-count charge for alleged credit card fraud and cybercrime by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Count one of the charge 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 amongst 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 convicted on the charge, the musician shall be liable 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.”

Naira Marley had pleaded “Not Guilty” to the cyber fraud charges pressed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo adjourned the case to May 30, 2019, and ordered the defendant to be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing of the bail application filed by the defence counsel, Taiwo Oreagba, on behalf of his client.


Naira Marley was arrested on may 10,2019, by the EFCC officials alongside rapper, Zlatan Ibile, and three others.

However, on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, Zlatan Ibile, Tiamiu Abdulrahman Kayode, Adewunmi Adeyanju Moses, and Abubakar Musa were released on administrative bill.