Naira Marley denies car theft allegation
A Lagos magistrate court Monday ordered the arrest of Nigerian singer Naira Marley over alleged car theft.
Naira Marley, however, denied allegations.
News Agency of Nigeria reported earlier on Monday that a Lagos magistrate court ordered the arrest and arraignment of the singer over the alleged crime. But the report gave the legal name of the suspect as Adeyemi Fashola. Naira Marlet’s real name is Azeez Fashola.
“Maybe I need to post my Bentley, Porsche or benzo,” he wrote on Twitter on Monday evening. “If u lot like try stain my name from today till tomorrow I will still be the next president and who’s Adeyemi Fashola aka Naira Marley. Another free promo I’m guessing.”
“Car theft ko grand theft ni,” he said in another tweet.
According to NAN, the chief magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, ordered that the Investigating Police Officer (IPO), Sgt. Sunday Idoko, handling the case must present Naira Marley in court on the next date of adjournment.
However, two of the musician’s brothers and his cousins appeared in court over alleged theft of a car and a cell phone.
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.
He ordered the IPO to produce Naira Marley before the court on Dec. 21, when the case would be listed for further hearing.
The prosecutor, ASP Edet Okoi, told the court that the three defendants committed the offences on Dec. 16, at Eko Hotel Roundabout on Victoria Island, Lagos.
He said 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 Mr Adelekan Ademola.
He added 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.
“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.
“Ademola reported 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 said that the offences contravened Sections 112,172, 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Naira Marley is currently facing charges of cyberfraud brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission.
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