Naira Marley was remanded to jail and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission took the time to rebuff stories that he was out on bail.
This follows the initial arrest of the ‘Am i A Yahoo Boy’ rapper on suspicion of Internet fraud.
This is even after Zlatan Ibile and three others were freed.
Rumors circulated that Naira Marley had been releases on bail, rumors that the EFCC were quick to quash. Videos had appeared online of the singer getting into a car to freedom. The EFCC denied the veracity of the video stating that this was simply a way for some fans to launder his image.
As for the arraignment, the EFCC released a full statement on this which you can read below:
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on May 20, 2019, arraigned a Nigerian artiste, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, before Justice Nicholas I. Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on an 11-count charge bordering on cybercrime.
The defendant was arrested on May 10, 2019, following intelligence report received by the Commission about his alleged involvement in internet fraud.
One of the counts reads: “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Yad Isril (still at large), on or about the 26th day of November, 2018, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired amongst yourself to use Access card no : 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 Cybercrime Prohibition, Prevention etc Act 2015 and punishable under Section 33(2) of the same Act.”
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.
In view of his pleas, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, asked the court for a trial date.
He also prayed for accelerated hearing of the case and urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody.
Counsel to the defendant, Taiwo Oluwa Ore- Agba, asked the court for a date to hear the bail application on behalf of his client.
Consequently, Justice 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.
The arrest of Naira Marley has caused a big reaction from both fans and celebrities alike. Teebillz put out a post on Instagram in which he said that everyone makes mistakes and that it is the job of elder ones to set them right. He also called out Ruggedman, who many credit with escalating matters to the level that led to Naira Marley’s arrest, the rapper denied this, stating that he had nothing to do with it, but many still see him as the catalyst.
Photos even emerged of the rapper’s mother in tears at her son’s arraignment.
Other celebrities chimed in including Daddy Freeze who said that any Christian who is afraid to criticize their pastors
‘Christains who are afraid to judge their false pastors have no right to judge Marley’.
He went on to say, ‘God’s judgement will begin in his house. The ‘house’ of God (I say this metaphorically because God does not live in temples built by human hands Acts7:48, Acts 17:24), is in total disarray, until we are ready to fix this, we remain hypocrites worse than the Pharisees’.
Bobrisky also chimed in with some support for Naira Marley and even said a little prayer for the rapper.