A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State, on Monday, ordered the arrest and arraignment of singer, Adeyemi Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, over alleged car theft.
Tajudeen Elias, the chief magistrate, ordered that Sgt. Sunday Idoko, the Investigating Police Officer, handling the case, must present Naira Marley in court on the next date of adjournment.
However, two of the musician’s brothers and one cousin appeared in court over the alleged car theft and a cell phone.
The defendants; Idris Fashola, 18, Babatunde Fashola, 24; and Kunle Obere, 22, are facing four counts bordering on conspiracy, stealing, assault and obstructing the arrest of Naira Marley.
Elias granted the three defendants N500,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.
He ordered the IPO to bring the musician before the court on December 21, when the case would be listed for further hearing.
The prosecutor, ASP Edet Okoi, had told the court that the three defendants committed the offences at Eko Hotel Roundabout, Victoria Island, Lagos, on December 16.
He said the suspects, who were in a motorcade with Naira 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 one Adelekan Ademola.
He added that the three defendants and others at large, assaulted the complainant by beating him up.
Okoi stated that the second defendant, Babatunde, and others at large, obstructed the police while performing their lawful duty and prevented them from arresting the ‘soapy’ singer.
“One of the vehicles in the musician’s motorcade hit the complainant’s vehicle from the back(sic) 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.
“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 with 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,” he alleged.
He said the offences contravened Sections 112,172, 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.