Naira Mar­ley may set­tle car theft case out­side court

The Punch - - LAW DIGEST - Oladimeji Ra­mon

THE al­leged car theft case against hip-hop singer, Azeez Fashola, alias Naira Mar­ley; his two sib­lings, Idris and Ba­batunde Fashola; and cousin, Kunle Obere, may be set­tled out of court.

The po­lice filed four counts of con­spir­acy, steal­ing, as­sault and ob­struct­ing the po­lice against them be­fore the La­gos State Mag­is­trates’ Court at Tin­ubu.

While Idris, Ba­batunde and Obere have been ar­raigned on De­cem­ber 16, Naira Mar­ley has yet to present him­self in court.

At the last hear­ing on De­cem­ber 31, 2019, the mag­is­trate, Mr

Ta­judeen Elias, threat­ened to is­sue a war­rant for the ar­rest of the singer.

But af­ter be­ing per­suaded by Naira Mar­ley’s lawyer, Ay­o­deji Awokule­hin, the mag­is­trate fur­ther ad­journed the case till Jan­uary 14, 2020.

In a chat with jour­nal­ists out­side the court­room, Awokun­le­hin said his client had ini­ti­ated an out-of-court set­tle­ment talk with the com­plainant, Mr Adelekan Ademola, who al­leged that Naira Mar­ley and oth­ers stole his Toy­ota Camry ve­hi­cle with Reg­is­tra­tion No. FEE 120 AA val­ued at N1.8m and an iphone X5 worth N330,000.

The lawyer ex­pressed the hope that the mat­ter would be set­tled be­fore the ad­journed date.

“The po­lice have no problem with an out-of-court set­tle­ment; we hope that an agree­ment will be reached be­fore the next ad­journed date,” Awokule­hin said.

The po­lice prose­cu­tor, Edet Okoi, had told the court that the de­fen­dants com­mit­ted the of­fence on De­cem­ber 15, at Eko Ho­tel Round­about, Vic­to­ria Is­land, La­gos.

Okoi said, “One of the ve­hi­cles in the mu­si­cian’s mo­tor­cade hit the com­plainant’s ve­hi­cle from the back while he was throw­ing out money from his ve­hi­cle to his fans.

“When the com­plainant came down from the ve­hi­cle to in­spect the dam­age, Obere en­tered the com­plainant’s Camry and drove it off with the mo­tor­cade. Ademola re­ported to the po­lice and the ve­hi­cle was tracked to where it was parked at Jakande Cres­cent, Oniru in La­gos.

“When the po­lice ar­rived at the lo­ca­tion in com­pany with the com­plainant, Naira Mar­ley and his boys started beat­ing the com­plainant.

“A group of boys ob­structed the po­lice from ar­rest­ing the mu­si­cian but they were able to ap­pre­hend the three de­fen­dants.”

The prose­cu­tor said they acted con­trary to sec­tions 112,172, 287 and 411 of the Crim­i­nal Law of La­gos State, 2015

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