EFCC presents more evidence against Naira Marley, trial was adjourned till September 26

EFCC presents more evidence against Naira Marley
EFCC presents more evidence against Naira Marley

The trial of Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, was adjourned on Friday, July 15, 2022, before Justice I. Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, with a prosecuting witness, Dein Whyte, an EFCC operative, continuing his evidence even as the court dismissed the defendant’s objection to the forensic evidence previously presented by the witness.

Naira Marley is facing an 11-count charge of credit card fraud brought against him by the EFCC.

At the last sitting on June 9, 2022, the defense counsel, Olalekan Ojo SAN had objected to the witness’s opinion on the forensic evidence linking the defendant to credit card fraud. He had argued that only the court could make pronouncements on the defendant’s culpability, not an investigator.

At the resumed trial today, Justice Oweibo delivered a short ruling in which he dismissed the defense’s objection.

“It is the duty of the law enforcement agency or Police, charging a person to court to investigate if the defendant committed the crime or not. The investigator must be able to link the defendant to the commission of the crime. The prosecutor must have made up his mind as to the involvement of the defendant before bringing the case to court. I do not agree that the prosecution has declared the defendant guilty”, the Judge ruled.

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