Reason why Naira Marley is still in prison

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Nigerian upcoming singer, Naira Marley is still in prison after he was granted bail on the 30th of May by Justice Nicholas Onweibo.

 According to unconfirmed reports, the singer is yet to be released because “No Lagos state Level 10 and above civil service officer with landed properties has agreed to stand as surety for him, due to his alleged criminal records.”

 Naira Marley’s bail was set to two million on the 30th of May, after a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos granted him bail at his bail hearing on the 30th of May 2019.

 The ruling judge, Justice Nicholas Onweibo imposed on the artiste a N2 million bail, with two sureties in like sum. The first surety must be a civil servant from the level of grade 10, while the second surety must have landed property.

 The Trial has been adjourned to October 22-24 and PUNCH is reporting that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is set to present about nine witnesses in its case against the musician.

 Court documents which were obtained by the correspondent of the reputable newspaper, reveal that the witnesses will give evidence of their investigation and tender exhibits, as well as reveal their findings to the court. Some of the witnesses are believed to be GTbank, Mastercard, Visa Inc.. and they are expected to tender relevant card and account details of the defendant to the court.

 Naira Marley was picked up by the commission on the 10th of May at 9 Gbangbala Street, Ikate, Lekki, Lagos, alongside Omoniiyi Temidayo, popularly known as Zlatan Ibile and three others, with the latter been granted bail 4 days later.

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 After Marley’s arrest, the commission filed 11 charges against the singer bordering on alleged cybercrime and identity theft. The alleged crimes were in contravention of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act, which the artiste risks seven years in jail if found guilty.

 Singer Naira Marley Section 33 (2) of the Act, which Naira Marley was accused of contravening reads, “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.”

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