The trial of Nigerian musician Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, facing cybercrime charges, was delayed on Monday in a Federal Court in Lagos due to the absence of the trial judge, Justice Nicholas Owiebo, who is reportedly attending a judges’ conference.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting the singer on charges related to cybercrime, with the charges filed on May 14, 2019.
Naira Marley was arraigned on May 20, 2019, before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, where he pleaded not guilty. The trial, which began earlier, is still ongoing.
On October 6, Justice Oweibo issued a production warrant for the defendant following his absence from the trial, as requested by the prosecution, Mrs Bilikisu Buhari. The court adjourned the case to November 13 and 30 for the continuation of the trial.