The trouble that struck singer, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley who was arrested on Friday, May 10, has taken a fresh twist as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has filed an 11-count charge against the singer.
Naija News understands that the EFCC slammed Naira Marley with the charges after he was arrested alongside Zlatan Ibile and three others.
Naira Marley was arrested in the wake of his birthday, May 10.
Naira Marley was still detained while the Nigeria’s anti-graft agency released Zlatan and three others.
Naija News had reported that Naira Marley was being held back in custody after the EFCC found some incriminating materials on his laptop and phone.
With this development, the musician effectively risks seven years in jail if found guilty, as Section 33 (2) which he was accused of breaching, reads: “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.”
The charges with suit number FHC/L/178C/19 were filed before a Lagos State High Court.
Some of the credit cards, according to the EFCC, bore the names- Nicole Louise Malyon, and Timea Fedorne Tatar.
The charges read in part, “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 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.
“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 honourable court, with intent to defraud possessed counterfeit card 4921819410257431 issued to Timea FedorneTatar and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 33(9) of Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015.”