On Tuesday Federal High Court in Lagos adjourned the trial of a popular musician, Azeez Fashola, a.k.a Naira Marley till February 16, 2021, or 78 days.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo fixed the date following the absence of an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) witness, Mr Augustine Anosike, which stalled the resumption of Marley’s trial for alleged cybecrime.
Anosike, a forensic analyst, is testifying as a second prosecution witness in the case.
Marley, who was arrested by the EFCC on May 14, 2019, has been standing trial on an 11-count charge bothering on the offence.
According to the EFCC, the defendant committed the offences on different dates between November 26, 2018, and December 11, 2018, as well as May 10, 2019.
The EFCC claimed that some of the credit cards discovered in Marley’s residence bore the fictitious names Nicole Louise Malyon and Timea Fedorne Tatar.
These, the agency alleged, were used in furtherance of internet scams.
Marley, who sang the hit songs ‘Soapy’ and ‘Am I a Yahoo Boy’, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment on May 20, 2019, and is out on bail.
Trial has since commenced in the case and Anosike, who concluded his examination in chief on October 27, was scheduled for cross-examination.