An evidence was on Wednesday, admitted against popular Musician, Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, by Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The evidence was admitted at the continuation of Marley’s trial.
Naira Marley is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for offences bordering on conspiracy and credit card fraud.
He pleaded “not guilty” to the 11 counts filed against him.
Recall that the anti-graft agency had on February 28, 2020, through its second witness, Augustine Anosike, sought to tender in evidence, a compact disc containing information, analysis and extractions from the defendant’s iPhone.
The defence counsel, Olalekan Ojo, had objected to its admissibility, which was equally opposed to by the prosecution.
Justice Oweibo, while delivering ruling, dismissed the objection, noting that “the disk and investigation report include some of the contents extracted from the iPhone which has already been admitted in evidence”.
The trial judge thus admitted the evidence as Exhibit F.
Thereafter, prosecuting counsel, Bilikisu Buhari, informed the court that the prosecution was ready to continue with the case as the witness was in court to continue with his testimony.
Akinwale Kole-Taiwo who appeared for the defence, however appealed with the Court for an adjournment because, “the lead counsel, Olalekan Ojo, SAN was in Edo for another matter”.
Following the appeal, Justice Oweibo adjourned till March 8 and 11, 2021 for “continuation of hearing”.