Nigerian musician, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley arrested for alleged credit card fraud will begin his trial today at a Lagos high court. The “Am I a Yaboy” will be arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for an 11-count charge against him.
The singer risks up to seven years in prison if found guilty in accordance with Section 33 (2) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015.
According to EFCC, some of the credit cards, according to the EFCC, bore the names- Nicole Louise Malyon, and Timea Fedorne Tatar, and that the alleged crimes contravene the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act.
The charge 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.”
Naira Marley was arrested alongside colleague, Zlatan Ibile, for glorifying internet fraudsters, popularly known as Yahoo boys, in his songs and comments on social media, However, Zlatan released on Wednesday — And the other guys, Tiamiu Kayode, Adewunmi Moses and Abubakar Musa, Naira Marley’s crew boys, have also regained freedom.