Naira Marley gets bail, releases new single Why
Produced by OluwaJbeats, the song, which comes with a lyric video that would people can grab the words and understand the singer’s message, was released on his behalf by his record label, Moves Record.
The singer was arraigned before Justice Nicholas I. Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on May 20, where he pleaded not guilty to charges against him. The court after the hearing preliminary charges ruled that he be remanded in custody (prison) pending substantive hearing.
But following a presentation of motion for his bail on Thursday, May 30 by his counsel, Olalekan Ojo (SAN), the court granted the Am I A Yahoo Boy crooner bail on the conditions of two million naira (2,000,000) bond, and two sureties, one with a landed property with a landed property in the jurisdiction where the case is being held and the other, a civil servant, not lower than grade level 10 officer.
Marley arrived the court premises relaxed, wearing a black T-shirt and black trousers, some minute after 11am and guarded by operatives of Nigeria Prison Service, to the cheering of his fans, who came in their numbers. His management, Moves Record had on Thursday released an official statement via his Instagram page, saying he is still in custody but will be released yesterday.
Efforts by the security operatives could not deter the teaming supporters who chanted his praises even as the security operatives escorted him into the courtroom.
It will be recalled that Marley was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC) alongside his rapper friend, Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael (Zlatan Ibile), Tiamiu Abdulrahman Kayode, Adewunmi Adeyanju Moses and Abubakar Musa in an early morning raid carried at their residence on 9, Gbangbola Street, Ikate, Lekki, Lagos.
He was arrested following a live video he posted on Instagram a week before, wherein he said that Internet fraudsters (Yahoo boys) help Nigeria’s economy. He added that the political class had looted the country and thus the economy would have collapsed if not for ‘Yahoo Boys’ who make money go round in the country.
“All you guys, all the money in your pockets, all the money you spend, you think it’s the government that is making the money go round? You better sit down and pray for yahoo boys. If them stop yahoo, the money would not pass you guys.
“The money will go like this, from Obasanjo to Tinubu, from Tinubu to Mr Japa, you think me I need Yahoo? I make money from my music,” he stated.
However, five days later, Zlatan Ibile, and the three others were released, while the EFFC filed an 11-count fraud-related charge against Marley, which include possession of fake credit card carrying Nicole Louise Malyon, and Timea Fedorne Tatar with number: 4921819410257431.
He was arraigned before Justice Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, where he pleaded not guilty to charges against him. The court ruled that he be remanded in custody pending substantive hearing.
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