What you missed at Naira Marley’s bail application hearing
It is no longer news that the Federal High Court in Lagos granted bail in the sum of N2m to Naira Marley, who was arraigned on charges of cyber fraud.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo granted the bail with two sureties in like sum, TheNewsGuru reports.
In no particular order, TheNewsGuru takes a look at a few things that occurred at the bail application hearing
- His supporters came in their numbers
Naira Marley arrived in the court premises some minute after eleven in the morning, with the security operatives of the Nigeria Prison Service. His fans who came in large numbers were spotted all over the court premises chanting praises in support of their ‘star’.
- Naira Marley had nine defense lawyers present in court
The music star had nine defense lawyers in court prepared to get him out of jail
.They include: Chief Olalekan Ojo (SAN) who was supported by Olayinka Ojo, M. Oregba, Femi Martins, Akinwale Kola Taiwo, Afeez Olabisi, Ebuka Anyim, Adeboyo Adedokun, and P.I. Uwakwe.
- Naira Marley’s plea
Olalekan Ojo started off by apologizing to Justice Oweibo for not showing up at the previous arraignment which he attributed to the heavy downpour . He immediately commenced his bail application for Naira Marley by stating that the defendant filed a written 18 paragraph affidavit by Naira Marley’s mother on Thursday, May 30, 2019, after getting served an affidavit on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. He then went on to urge the court to grant Naira Marley bail based on liberal grounds.
The defence counsel also debunked the insinuation that Naira Marley was going to jump bail if granted bail. He went on to cite a Yoruba proverbs which say ”A person cannot steal the trumpet that belongs to the king because he has nowhere to blow it,” which according to him implies that, there was no way Naira Marley was going to jump bail or become a flight risk as presumed by the EFCC counsel.
4.The Judge’s final ruling
After intensely listening to both prosecution and defense counsel, the judge gave his ruling.
According to him, the EFCC hasn’t been able to present enough evidence to keep Naira Marley in the prison custody. He, however, granted him bail to the tune of N2M and two sureties; one a civil servant with the grade level 10 and second surety with a landed property in the jurisdiction where the case is being held.
Hours after his bail application was granted, the singer released a new song titled ‘Why’