The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is set to arraign musician, Azeez Fashola, popularly known by his stage name Naira Marley, for alleged credit card fraud.
The singer was arrested last Friday at his home in Lekki along with his close friend, Omoniyi Temidayo, also known as Zlatan Ibile, and three others.
Zlatan and the other three suspects were, however, released on bail on Tuesday but Naira Marley was retained by the EFCC while they finalized plans to charge him to court.
Having perfected their plans, the anti-graft agency is now set to arraign the 'Issa goal' crooner at the Lagos State High Court.
The EFCC is banking on Section 33 (2) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act which states that: “Any person who uses: a counterfeit access device; an unauthorised access device; an access device issued to another person; resulting in a loss or gain commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of not more than seven years or a fine of not more than N5,000,000.00 and forfeiture of the advantage or value derived from his act.”
One of the counts in the charges filed against Naira Marley includes, “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 honorable 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 offense 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.
Another count read: “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 honorable court, with intent to defraud possessed, counterfeit card 4921819410257431 issued to Timea Fedorne Tatar and you thereby committed an offense contrary to and punishable under Section 33(9) of Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act 2015."
There are other reports that the two music stars are also being investigated for their song "Am I a Yahoo Boy?" and comments which were said to be glorifying cybercrime.
The charges were filed with the suit number FHC/L/178C/19 at the Lagos State High Court.