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Court Orders Arrest Of Naira Marley’s Over Alleged Car Theft

A Lagos State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Tinubu yesterday ordered the arrest of controversial Nigerian musician, Adeyemi Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley over allegations of stealing a car.

The Chief Magistrate, Tajudeen Elias, ordered that the Investigating Police Officer (IPO), Sgt. Sunday Idoko, handling the case must produce Naira Marley in court on the next sitting.

However, two of the musician’s brothers and a cousin were arraigned before the court by the police over alleged theft of a car and a cell phone on Monday.

The defendants, Idris Fashola, 18, Babatunde Fashola, 24; and Kunle Obere, 22, are facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, assault and obstructing the arrest of Naira Marley.

The Chief Magistrate granted the three defendants N500, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

The court then ordered the Investigative Police Officer to produce Naira Marley before the court on December 21, when the case would be listed for further hearing

The prosecutor, ASP Edet Okoi, told the court that the three defendants committed the offence on December 16, at Eko Hotel Round about on Victoria Island, Lagos.

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Okoi also claimed that the trio who were in a motorcade with Naira Marley, stole a Toyota Camry vehicle with Registration No. FEE 120 AA valued at N1.8 million and an IPhone X5 worth N330,000 belonging to one Adelekan Ademola.

He further alleged that the three defendants and others at large assaulted the complainant by beating him up.

Okoi alleged that the second defendant, Babatunde Fashola and others at large obstructed the police while performing their lawful duty and prevented them from arresting Naira Marley.

The prosecutor stated, “One of the vehicles in the musician’s motorcade hit the complainant’s vehicle from the back while he was throwing out money from his vehicle to his fans.

”When the complainant came down from the vehicle to inspect the damage, Obere entered into the complainant’s Camry and drove it off with the motorcade.

“The victim reported the incident to the police and the vehicle was tracked to where it was parked at Jakande Crescent, Oniru in Lagos.

“When the police arrived at the location in company with the complainant, Naira Marley and his boys started beating the complainant.”

“A group of boys obstructed the police from arresting the musician but they were able to apprehend the three defendants,” he alleged,” he claimed.

Okoi maintained that the offences contravened sections 112,172, 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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13th April 2024
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