Naira Marley has been summoned by the Federal High Court in Lagos to resume his trial for alleged cybercrime-related offences.
The court order was issued by Justice Nicholas Oweibo and requires Naira Marley to be produced in court.
The controversial artist arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday following a police invitation, which was in connection with the death of his estranged one-time label signee, Oladimeji Aloba.
The next day, a Sabo, Yaba, Chief Magistrate’s Court granted the police an order to detain him in their custody for 21 days.
But the detention meant he could not honour his court date for the resumption of his already four-year prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged economic crime.
When the case resumed yesterday before Justice Oweibo, the defendant was absent. The singer’s counsel, Mr. Olalekan Ojo (SAN), informed the judge that Naira Marley was in police custody in connection with Mohbad’s death.
He prayed the court to issue a production warrant for the defendant so that he could be produced in court on the next adjourned day.
The EFCC counsel confirmed the state of affairs, adding that efforts were underway to ensure his attendance on the next date.
Consequently, Justice Oweibo issued the warrant and adjourned till October 30, 2023, for the continuation of the trial.