Music star, Naira Marley risks as much as 7 years imprisonment as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission – EFCC file an 11-count charge against with suit number FHC/L/178C/19 at a Lagos State High Court.
www.e-nigeriang.com had earlier reported that EFCC arrested Naira Marley, real names, Azeez Fashola together with his colleague, Omomniyi Temidayo also known as Zlatan Ibile and three others after the former, released a song, openly glorifying cyber crime. The song titled, Ám I a Yahoo boy ‘generated mixed reaction from internet users with diverse views on the subject.
After spending 5 days in detention, the EFCC later released Zlatan Ibile and others leaving Naira in custody.
The EFCC also revealed that Naira Marley was in possession of a laptop containing some incriminating evidence linking him to internet fraud.
The EFCC is hinging on Section 33 (2) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act to prosecute the artiste.
It states that “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 N5,000,000.00 and forfeiture of the advantage or value derived from his act.”
Some of the counts in the charges filed against Naira Marley includes, “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 11th day of December 2018, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired amongst yourselves to use Access card 42658840359191132 issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain and you thereby committed an offense 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.
“That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 10th day of May 2019, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, with intent to defraud possessed, counterfeit card 4921819410257431 issued to Timea Fedorne Tatar and you thereby committed an offense contrary to and punishable under Section 33(9) of Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act 2015.”
This is definitely more troubles for Naira Marley as www.e-nigeriang.com gathered that the EFCC would stop at nothing to make sure he goes to jail, to serve as a deterrent to others.