Car Theft: Court Frees Naira Marley, 3 Others


It’s another victory Tuesday as a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court sitting in Lagos Island dismissed the car theft case against Naira Marley and three others.

Chief Magistrate Tajudeen Elias gave his ruling after receiving a letter of withdrawal of the case from the prosecution.

Naira Marley, his two brothers – Idris Fashola, 18, and Babatunde Fashola, 24 – and their cousin, Kunle Obere, 22, were the defendants in the case. The singer was however absent at the ruling.

They were facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, assault, and obstructing the arrest of Naira Marley.

The complainant, Adelekan Ademola who had reported, agreed to an out-of-court settlement with the defendants, was why the case was withdrawn and the defendants were discharged when the case came up today.

The Magistrate struck out the four-count charge of conspiracy, stealing, assault and obstructing the police from arresting Marley, saying that, “In view of the letter of withdrawal, the defendants are hereby discharged”.

According to the police prosecutor, Edet Okoi, the defendants committed the offence on December 15, at Eko Hotel Roundabout, Victoria Island, Lagos.

He said that the trio, who were in a motorcade with Naira Marley, stole a Toyota Camry vehicle with Registration No. FEE 120 AA valued at N1.8 million and an iPhone X5 worth N330,000 belonging to one Adelekan Ademola.

He added that the three defendants and others at large assaulted the complainant by beating him up. They the three defendants were granted N500, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

The police said the offences contravene Sections 112,172, 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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