Magistrate Threatens Bench Warrant Against Naira Marley Over Alleged Car theft

Written by on December 31, 2019

A Lagos Chief Magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, has given hip-hop musician, Azeez Fashola, alias Naira Marley, till January 14, 2020, to appear in court, else a warrant will be issued for his arrest.

The police had charged Naira Marley alongside his brothers, Idris and Babatunde, and cousin, Kunle Obere, with car theft.

In the four counts filed in court by the police, Naira Marley and his siblings were accused of stealing a Toyota Camry valued at N1.8m along with an iPhone X5 said to be worth N330,000.

The car and the mobile phone, according to the police, belong to one Me Adelekan Ademola.

While Idris, Babatunde, and Obere were arraigned before Elias on December 16, Naira Marley was absent from court.

The magistrate had adjourned till December 31 for Naira Marley to appear to take his plea.

However, at the resumed proceedings today; Tuesday, Naira Marley’s lawyer, Ayodeji Awokulehin, told the magistrate that his client had travelled out of the country.

Naira Marley had his headline concert at Eko Hotel on Monday 30th December.

“It is because of the Christmas break,” Awokulehin said.

But the magistrate rejected the explanation, saying, “He (Naira Marley) was aware the case was coming up today; so, why will he travel? Registrar, bring the warrant for arrest!”

However, Awokulehin pleaded passionately with the magistrate to give his client another chance with a promise to produce him in court.

Granting the lawyer’s prayer, the magistrate said, “I order that Azeez Fashola be produced forthwith. Case adjourned till 14/1/2020.”

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