Exactly 14 days after he was granted bail by a Federal High Court judge, up and coming musician, Naira Marley, is finally a free man, with a trending video of the singer trending across social media platforms yesterday. The video shows the “Japa” singer sandwiched between friends and family members celebrating his release as they hug him one after the other. Also confirming Naira Marley’s release yesterday was popular musician and YBNL lead act, Olamide, who is believed to have been at the forefront of efforts to get the “Am I a Yahoo Boy” singer out following his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives on May 10 along with fellow musician, Zlatan Ibile and three others.
“Stubborn. Freedom. Stay positive bro,” Olamide wrote along with a portrait photo of Naira Marley who spent a total of 35 days custody, with the first 10 days in EFCC custody as well as 25 days in Ikoyi Prison. His eventual release is believed to have come after meeting the bail conditions of N2million along with two sureties in like sum on May 30 handed down by Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.
With his trial slated to commence in October, he faces 11 counts bordering on cybercrime for allegedly conniving with one Yad Isril (at large) to use Access card issued to other persons in a bid to obtain gain, an offence contrary to Section 27(1) (b) of the Cybercrime Prohibition, Prevention Act 2015. Khloe, a former BBNaija housemate, also posted a video of herself with the singer outside the prison. “UPDATE- #NairaMarley is finally out on bail after 35 days of arrest by #EFCC #khloebbnaija,” she wrote on Instagram through her @Lifeafterbbnaija handle. “So today that I decided to visit we walked out together as a free man” she wrote again, adding another caption: “My G is out.
Yass mhen” in front of the Ikoyi Prison with the Nigerian Prisons Service, Ikoyi Prison visible in the background. When asked how confident he was days after his first bail application, which ended up not being heard, was filed, his lawyer, Olalekan Ojo, SAN had told Saturday Telegraph: “I am not a judge, the court has the discretion to admit him to bail or not.”
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