Nigerian music star, Azeez Falasha, popularly called Naira Marley who was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is to face an 11-count charge for alleged credit card scam and will be arraigned on Monday, the EFCC has said.
If proven guilty, the musician may likely spend seven years in jail in accordance with Section 33 (2) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015.
The alleged crimes were in contravention of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act.
The charge with suit number FHC/L/178C/19 was filed before a Lagos State High Court on Wednesday.
The charge 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.”
The news of Naira Marley’s arrest broke the internet in the early hours of Friday May 10, 2019.
At the point of arrest, the Commission found and recovered a number of items, including laptops, credit cards with some of the cards baring different names like Nicole Louise Malyon, and Timea Fedorne Tatar.
The singer is controversial for repeatedly praising internet fraudsters, popularly called Yahoo boys, in his songs and on social media. Arrested alongside were his friends, Zlatan Ibile a fellow musician, Tiamiu Kayode, Adewunmi Moses and Abubakar Musa, his crew boys but WEdnesday were released on bail.