The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed 11 charges bordering on fraud against Nigerian musician, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, for alleged credit card fraud.
The charges, with suit number FHC/L/178C/19, were filed before a Lagos State High Court.
The alleged crimes were contravenes the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act.
Some of the credit cards bore the names, Nicole Louise Malyon, and Timea Fedorne Tatar, EFCC said.
The charges read in part, “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 11th day of December 2018, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired amongst yourselves to use access card 42658840359191132 issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27(1)(b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 33(2) of the Same Act.
“That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 10th day of May 2019, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud possessed counterfeit card 4921819410257431 issued to Timea FedorneTatar and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 33(9) of Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015.”
Naira Marley was arrested last Friday along with four others including his bosom friend, Zlatan Ibile.
If convicted, he faces up to seven years imprisonment.
Meanwhile Naira Marley’s “management” on Thursday released a press statement claiming that the allegedly incriminating items retrieved during the singer’s arrest does not belong to him.
The statement read, “The situation with Naira Marley is extremely unfortunate. We heard complaints about his recent comments around cybercrime. Naira did not publicly defend those who commit fraud.
“He expressed his view on the situation which was simply his opinion, something every human being is entitled to. Following this, he playfully made a reactive song ‘Am I Yahoo Boy’ in response to the varied feedback he received. He is not a ‘Yahoo Boy’!
“Naira Marley is a hard-working artiste who has turned his back on crime and focuses solely on his music. At present, his basic human and civil rights are being violated. His reputation is being tainted. The EFCC is yet to find ‘hard evidence’ against him.
“Niara Marley was found with an item that does not belong to him. The items retrieved were borrowed so he can upload music, videos and record while visiting Nigeria.
“Naira speaks for the streets and those who do not have a voice, not only in Nigeria but also in the UK. Although his messages may come as misconstrued, he loves his country. Naira Marley does not practice fraud, neither does he facilitate it.”