The Chief Magistrate of Lagos, Mr Tajudeen Elias, granted the hip-hop artist, Azeez Fashola, alias Naira Marley, until 14 January 2020 to appear before the judge, otherwise, a warrant for his arrest will be given, according to Punch’s report.
The police had tasked Naira Marley alongside his brothers, Idris and Babatunde, and cousin, Kunle Obere, with car theft.
Although Idris, Babatunde, and Obere were brought to trial before Elias on 16 December, Naira Marley was absent from the court.
The judge had postponed Naira Marley’s petition until 31 December to appear.
Nevertheless, when the proceedings began on Tuesday, Naira Marley’s counsel, Ayodeji Awokulehin, informed the magistrate that his client had returned from the region.
“It is because of the Christmas break,” Awokulehin said.
But the magistrate rejected the clarification, adding, “He (Naira Marley) knew the case was coming today, so why is he going to travel? Registrar, bring the arrest warrant!”
Nevertheless, Awokulehin pled passionately with the judge to grant his client another chance with a promise to bring him to trial.
Granting the lawyer’s prayer, the magistrate said, “I order that Azeez Fashola be produced forthwith. Case adjourned till 14/1/2020.”
In the four charges filed in court by the police, Naira Marley and his brothers were accused of stealing a Toyota Camry valued at N1.8 m along with an iPhone X5 valued at N330,000.
According to the police, the car and the mobile phone belong to Mr. Adelekan Ademola.
The Judge, Edet Okoi, said that Naira Marley and others behaved according to parts 112, 172, 287 and 411 of the 2015 Lagos State Criminal Law.