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EFCC Files 11 Charges against Naira Marley

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has preferred 11 charges bordering on fraud against the embattled musician, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, for alleged credit card fraud.

The charges with suit number, FHC/L/178C/19 were filed before a Lagos State High Court on Thursday.

Some of the credit cards, according to the EFCC, bore the names Nicole Louise Malyon and Timea Fedorne Tatar.

The alleged crimes were in contravention of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act.

The charges read in part, “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 11th day of December 2018, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired amongst yourselves to use Access card 42658840359191132 issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27(1)(b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 33(2) of the Same Act.

“That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 10th day of May 2019, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, with intent to defraud possessed, counterfeit card 4921819410257431 issued to Timea Fedorne Tatar and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 33(9) of Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015.”

The musician risks seven years in jail if found guilty, as Section 33 (2) which he was accused of breaching, reads, “Any person who uses: a counterfeit access device; an unauthorised access device; an access device issued to another person; resulting in a loss or gain commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of not more than seven years or a fine of not more than N5,000,000.00 and forfeiture of the advantage or value derived from his act

Meanwhile, his management company, Cash Ellz Entz, also has released a statement demanding his freedom.

The outfit released the statement on Thursday.

Naira Marley, who is controversial for repeatedly praising internet fraudsters, popularly called Yahoo boys, in his songs and on social media, has been detained by the EFCC for nearly a week.

He was arrested in connection with an alleged case of internet fraud and money laundering.

EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, earlier confirmed that Naira Marley would be charged to court because “There is overwhelming evidence against him.”

But the musician’s management has said the EFCC was using the ‘Issa Goal’ singer as “a scapegoat for cybercrime in the nation.”

“The items found on Naira Marley does not belong to him. Items retrieved were borrowed so he can upload music, videos, and record while visiting Nigeria.

“Naira Marley does not practice fraud and does not facilitate it,” it said.

The singer splits his time between London and Lagos.

They also added that their artiste was innocent and only guilty of “Freedom of Speech.”

His arrest followed an early morning raid at 9, Gbangbola Street, Ikate, Lekki, Lagos.

At the point of arrest, the commission said it found and recovered a number of items, including laptops from the suspects.

The commission said Naira Marley has so far volunteered useful information about his involvement in the alleged criminal activities, even as investigations continue.

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Curvy Lady Proposes to Give Her ‘Thing’ to Wizkid

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An unidentified curvy Nigerian lady, has taken to social media to profess her unwavering love for award winning singer, Wizkid.

According to her, she had always crushed on the father of three even as a secondary school student, adding that she wasn’t paid to speak good of the singer, but it was necessary for her to express her feelings.

In a video that was shared on Instagram the lady while flaunting her curves, stated that she was ready to give the “Ojuelegba” crooner her butt.

In her words:“I don’t know what he did to me, but I just like him. I have been liking Wizkid since way back when I was in secondary school.

“I don’t mind giving that to Wizkid”. she said as turned to she show off her butt.

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I’m Tired of Making money, Davido Brags Again

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Popular Nigerian artiste and DMW boss, Davido has stated that he is tired of making money.

Davido said this, while on a boat cruise with his friends. The video has gone viral on social media, as Nigerians slam him for always bragging.

In the video, Davido is heard saying he is celebrating because he is rich and young, while bragging about how successful he is.

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COVID-19: Organisers Plan to Hold The Experience 2020 Via Virtual

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The 2020 edition of The Experience, an all-night gospel concert, will hold strictly online, says the organisers of the programme which has become a favourite annual event for gospel music lovers.

Now in its 15th year, the annual event hosted by the Senior Pastor of House On The Rock, Paul Adefarasin, showcases multi-talented and dynamic gospel artistes from different parts of the world.

The past 14 editions were held at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos and each gathering averaged an attendance of over 500,000 people, making it arguably the largest gospel concert in the world.

But the organisers of the programme announced this week that the event will not hold at the expansive space in the Tafawa Balewa Square, a decision taken to maintain physical distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Experience 15 (Global Edition), is scheduled to hold on Friday, 11th December, 2020 virtually, livestreamed around the world, serving as a platform to unify the global Church and establish God’s Kingdom here on earth,” the organisers wrote on the event website.

“Yes, we had the last 14 editions together mainly in one place, yet now we are not apart, we are still in this together as we go global with the #TE15G. There are no barriers and nothing can stop us, our God deserves our praise all the way, and He will have it,” @TheExperienceLG tweeted.

This year’s concert will showcase artistic musical performances, goodwill messages and intercessory prayers by internationally recognised artistes including Don Moen, Tope Alabi, William MCDowell, Tasha Cobbs, amongst others.

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