A Chief magistrates’ Court in Lagos has ordered for the arrest and arraignment of Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, over allegations of car theft.
The court’s Magistrate, Tajudeen Elias on Monday issued an order that the investigating police officer (IPO) handling the case, must present Marley before the court on December 21.
Idris Fashola and Babatunde Fashola, who are Marley’s brothers, and Kunle Obere, his cousin, appeared in court to answer to the allegations of car and cell phone theft.
The three defendants are facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, assault, and obstructing the arrest of Marley.
The Magistrate granted the defendants a 500,000 bail with two sureties in like sum and ordered the IPO to produce the singer before December 21, when the case would be listed for further hearing.
The prosecutor, Edet Okoi had told the court that the defendants committed the offenses on December 16, at the Eko Hotel roundabout in Victoria Island, Lagos.
He said the defendants, who were in a motorcade with Marley, stole a Toyota Camry vehicle with registration number, ‘FEE 120 AA’ valued at N1.8 million and an iPhone XS worth N330,000 belonging to one Adelekan Ademola.
Okoi also said the trio and others still at large assaulted the complainant by beating him up
“One of the vehicles in the musician’s motorcade hit the complainant’s vehicle from behind 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 into the complainant’s Camry and drove it off with the motorcade.
“Ademola reported to the police and the vehicle was traced to where it was parked at Jakande Crescent, Oniru in Lagos. He said,
“When the police arrived at the location in company with the complainant, Naira Marley and his boys started beating the complainant.”
Okoi said the defendants and others at large obstructed the police from performing their lawful duty and prevented them from arresting Naira Marley.
”A group of boys obstructed the police from arresting the musician but they were able to apprehend the three defendants,” he added.