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Alleged fraud: EFCC secures production warrant against Naira Marley

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission—EFCC, has secured a production warrant against Marlian Records chief, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, issued the warrant, Friday.

The music chief has been in the eye of the storm over the controversial circumstances that led to the death of his colleague, Mohbad.

A production warrant is a warrant issued when a trial judge needs an accused, who is already in custody of the government. The trial judge issues it on the authority with whom the accused person is under custody of, to produce him or her before the court.

Naira Marley is being prosecuted by the anti-graft agency on 11-count charges bordering on conspiracy and credit card fraud.

The counsel to the defendant, Olalekan Ojo, SAN informed the court that the defendant was unavoidably absent from court owing to his being detained by the Police for interrogation in respect of the murder of Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, also known as Mohbad.

Ojo, therefore, prayed the court for an adjournment of the trial.

While responding, prosecution counsel, Bilkisu Buhari, however, prayed the court to issue a production warrant against the defendant to ensure his presence in court on the next adjourned date.

Justice Oweibo granted the prayers of the prosecution counsel and issued a production warrant against the defendant.

The judge further adjourned the matter till October 30, 2023 for continuation of trial.

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