At last, Nigerian Musician Naira Marley had his way over the court case hanging on his neck and the necks of his three brothers. After a series of back and forth between the singer and a magistrate court in Lagos, on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, the court dismissed all the charges against him and his brothers.
The drama started when a video surfaced on the internet showing the singer and some guys allegedly hijacking a Toyota Camry vehicle in 2019.
Hours later, the owner of the car, Adelekan Ademola, reported to the police that Naira Marley and his gang stole his car and iPhone XS.
The police wade in and dragged Naira Marley and his accomplices who happened to be his two brothers, Idris Fashola, Babatunde Fashola and his cousin, Kunle Obere, to a magistrate court in Lagos.
During the first hearing of the case, ASP Edet Okoi, the prosecutor, accused the singer and his gang of conspiracy, stealing, assault, and obstructing the police.
The prosecutor told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Dec. 16, 2019, at Eko Hotel Roundabout on Victoria Island, Lagos.
While narrating how the defendants committed the offence, the prosecutor 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 into the complainant’s Camry and drove it off with the motorcade.”
That was how the case began but Naira Marley became the star man of the case as he failed to appear in court in subsequent sittings.
But in the sitting on Tuesday, the case took another twist, the Chief Magistrate Tajudeen Elias struck out the four charges against the singer and demised the case.
According to reports, the case was dismissed because a settlement agreement was reached between the complainant, Mr Adelekan and the defendants – Naira Marley and his relatives.
So, the singer is free from the car theft case and left to face his bubbling music career and the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC’s drama.