The alleged fraud case involving Nigerian singer, Azeez Fashola popularly called Naira Marley resumed on Friday 15th July, with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) presenting more evidence against him.
Naira Marley who appeared before Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, is standing trial on an 11-count charge bordering on credit card fraud brought against him by the anti-graft agency.
At the last court sitting on June 9, 2022, the defence counsel, Olalekan Ojo, 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.
Dismissing the objection, Justice Oweibo said an investigator must be able to link the defendant to the commission of the crime.
He said: “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 thereafter adjourned the trial till September 26