A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos has granted Nigerian musician Azeez Fashola, Naira Marley N2 million bail.
At the resumed bail application, Naira Marley lead defense counsel Olalekan Ojo apologized for his absence at the initial arraignment on May 20 due to heavy down poor.
The defense counsel urged the court to accept the bail application Prima Facie based on the presumption of his innocence in accordance with Section 162 (1)
Naira Marley’s defense counsel also pleaded that a liberal approach is taken in hearing the bail application.
Reacting, the prosecution counsel, led by Rotimi Oyedepo, however, argued that it is not the temporary release of the singer that mattered but the final judgment.
Oyedepo EFCC lawyer, therefore, urged the court to grant accelerated hearing rather than bail.
He added that since the lawyer of the defendant said the defendant is a celebrity, then his actions and inactions have a multiplier effect on youths in the entire federation.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo who presided over the bail hearing after listening to the defense and prosecution arguments granted Naira Marley bail to the sum of two million naira, two sureties.
The trial judge subsequently adjourned the case to 22, 23 and 24 of October for accelerated hearing.