EFCC Presents More Evidence Against Naira Marley, Trial Adjourned Till Sept 26 - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Friday, July 15, 2022

EFCC Presents More Evidence Against Naira Marley, Trial Adjourned Till Sept 26

 • Naira Marley

The Daily Crucible | Friday, July 15, 2022

The trial of Azeez Fashola also known as Naira Marley continued on Friday before Justice I. Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos with a prosecuting witness, Dein Whyte, an operative of the EFCC giving more evidence against the defendant.

The court also dismissed the defendant’s objection to the forensic evidence earlier presented by the witness.

Fashola is standing trial on an 11-count charge bordering on credit card fraud brought against him by the EFCC.

At the last sitting on June 9, 2022, the defence 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 defence’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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