Naira Marley Ask Complainant For Out-Of-Court Settlement After Alleged Car Theft
Popular Afro hip-hop Nigerian artist, Adeyemi Fashola, commonly known as Naira Marley and other three has been arrested by the police are asking for out-of-court settlement in their case.
Marley’s lawyer Mr Awokulehin Ayodeji who confirmed this development and the lawyers representing the complainant in the case, Mr Adelekan Ademola, are already negotiating.
If the negotiation goes through, the charges against the four defendants might be dropped at the next hearing of the case on January 14.
Other 3 defendants in the charge are Marley’s two brothers, Idris Fashola, 18, Babatunde Fashola, 24, and their cousin, Kunle Obere, 22.
They are currently facing a four-count charge of conspiracy, stealing, assault and obstructing the police from arresting Marley.
They were arraigned by the police on 16th of December 2019, before Chief Magistrate Tajudeen Elias of Tinubu Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, but Naira Marley, who was the fourth defendant, was absent on that day.
The court granted the trio N500,000 bail each with two sureties in the like sum.
Chief Magistrate Elias ordered the Investigative Police Officer (IPO) to produce Naira Marley in court on December 31, 2019, so he can take his plea.
Following his failure to appear in court on December 31 and pleas for another chance by his counsel, Mr Ayodeji, the trial magistrate, Mr Elias, threatened to order the artiste’s arrest if he refuses to show up on the next adjourned date of January 14.
Marley’s lawyer, Ayodeji, who spoke with journalists afterwards, said settlement talks were ongoing.
“We hope that an agreement will be reached before the next adjourned date,” he said.
According to the lawyer, the police were not against a peaceful resolution of the matter.
He continued: “The police have no problem with an out-of-court settlement.”
At the their arraignment on December 16, 2019, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Edet Okoi told the court that the defendants committed the offence on December 15, 2019 at Eko Hotel Roundabout, Victoria Island, Lagos State.
Okoi said that Marley’s brothers and cousins, while in a motorcade with 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 Mr Ademola.
The court heard that the three defendants and others at large assaulted the complainant by beating him up.
He said the offences contravened Sections 112,172, 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Okoi alleged that the second defendant, Babatunde Fashola and others at large obstructed the police while performing their lawful duty and prevented them from arresting Marley.
He said: “One of the vehicles in the musician’s motorcade hit the complainant’s vehicle from the back 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 the complainant’s Camry and drove it off with the motorcade. Ademola reported to the police and the vehicle was tracked to where it was parked at Jakande Crescent, Oniru in Lagos.
“When the police arrived at the location in company of the complainant, Naira Marley and his boys started beating the complainant.
“A group of boys obstructed the police from arresting the musician but they were able to apprehend the three defendants.”