Hip-hop artiste, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, has opposed the move by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to tender in evidence a Digital Versatile Disc said to contain the analysis of the content of his mobile phone.
The EFCC attempted to tender the DVD last Friday before the Federal High Court in Lagos where Naira Marley is being tried for alleged credit card fraud.
A forensic analyst with the EFCC, Augustine Anosike, had told Justice Nicholas Oweibo that he carried out an analysis of the content of the mobile phone recovered from Naira Marley during investigation.
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Anosike told the judge that the result of the analysis was burnt into a DVD, with copies made.
Leading Anosike in evidence, the prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, had applied that the DVD be admitted as an exhibit in evidence against Naira Marley.
Accroding to Punch, counsel for the musician, Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN), raised an objection, contending that the prosecution failed to lay proper foundation for the tendering of the DVD.
He said the application by the EFCC for the admissibility of the DVD fell short of the provisions of Section 98 of the Evidence Act.
But the prosecutor insisted that the conditions requisite for the admissibility of the DVD had been met.
Justice Oweibo adjourned till April 13 for ruling.
Recall Naira Marley is facing 11 counts bordering on credit card fraud of which he has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
VIDEO: Excited Portable Displays Floor Filled With Money
Habeeb Okikiola popularly known as Portable. Photo: @portablebaeby/Instagram
Controversial singer and songwriter, Habeeb Okikiola popularly known as Portable has revealed that he will only attend shows where he will be sprayed money.
The ‘Zaazu crooner’ made this in a video posted on his Instagram handle where he was seen flaunting money sprayed on him at a recent show he attended.
He said, “Wahala free money. Wahala owo awon fans. Awon fans spray money. See money. Akoi grace, you have seen it? After paying show money, they sprayed me money. Na where dem dey spray money I wan dey go. I no go where dem no dey spray money.”
Portable also added that he doesn’t want to be addressed as an ‘upcoming artist’ as upcoming singers don’t go on tours.
The singer bragged that he has ‘cashed out’ and is already having a ‘detty December’, a term youngsters use to describe abundance of cash and enjoyment in the month of December.
D’banj: Name Govt Officials Involved, Tweeps Tell ICPC
Singer, Oladapo Oyebanji popularly known as D’banj, has been arrested and detained by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission for allegedly collaborating with some government officials to introduce ghost beneficiaries into the payroll of the N-Power scheme in order to divert funds.
His arrest and detention was confirmed by The PUNCH on Wednesday.
Since his arrest, some Nigerians on Twitter have demanded that the ICPC name the government officials who were involved in the alleged fraud as well.
A tweep, Mark Dasouze, asked, “What of the government officials involved? What are their names and have they been detained?”
Another tweep identified as TC said, “By the time ICPC is done investigating N-Power account not only D’banj will be arrested. Besides N-Power, all other programmes should be investigated.”
Idris tweeted, “Bro! They said D’banj and some govt officials diverted money. They mentioned D’banj’s name but didn’t mention any govt officials. Government officials are now “Unknown Fraud Men” UFM.”
“I don’t support any diversion of what should be for the benefit of others if that is it. But what about those in public offices, who claimed to be civil servants but are evil servants that have been diverting our resources to enrich their pockets?” Sunny Alex tweeted.
Focusing on the lifestyle of celebrities, a tweep Penking said, “If D’banj is convicted, it will prove that most Nigerian celebrities are funding their glamorous lifestyle with fraud. No hit song for two decades, no concerts or one boring skit with 1000 views but you are buying house in Banana Island. You must be Jesus Christ of our time.”
Fund Diversion: ICPC Detains Music Star, D’banj
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission has arrested and detained Afro Pop maestro, Oladapo Oyebanji popularly known as D’banj, over alleged fund diversion of millions of N-Power funds in collaboration with some government officials The PUNCH reports.
He is currently detained at the ICPC Headquarters, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Premium Times had earlier exclusively reported that D’banj was arrested and detained on Tuesday.
An impeccable source within the anti-graft agency confirmed to our correspondent that D’banj was arrested and detained on the said day after ICPC operatives forced him to surrender after threats that he’d be arrested anywhere in the world, if he failed to show up.
The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, noted that though D’Banj had earlier been invited for questioning on several occasions the singer had refused to show up, claiming that he was out of the country for scheduled concerts.
The source said, “Our investigation shows that D’banj colluded with some government officials to infuse ghost beneficiaries into the payroll of the scheme. With this, the stipend paid to those ghost beneficiaries are directly paid to bank accounts linked to the singer.
“On arrival he was interrogated for hours after which he was detained and his plea for administrative bail was rejected by officials, for lack of trust.”
The source who noted that an official statement would soon be released concerning the matter, confirmed that D’Banj would be arraigned in court this week, for an extended remand order to enable further investigation before finally charging him to court to answer to the allegations.
The spokesperson for the ICPC, Mrs. Azuka Ogugua, did not take calls or respond to text messages by our correspondent on Wednesday morning.
The PUNCH reports that Ogugua and other top-ranked official of the ICPC are currently attending a programme abroad.
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