Naira Marley’s trial has been adjourned until September 26, more evidence presented by the EFCC
The Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, adjourned the trial of Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, on Friday, July 15, 2022. The prosecution’s witness, EFCC agent Dein Whyte, continued testifying even as the court overruled the defendant’s objection to the witness’s prior presentation of forensic evidence.
The EFCC has filed an 11-count charge of credit card fraud against Naira Marley.
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.