Journalists Barred from covering Naira Marley’s trial..Small Doctor, Abu Abel in Court

Journalists have been shut from covering the trial of Naira Marley following the backlash on lack of social distancing by the government of Lagos State during the coverage of the trial of Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, and her husband, JJC Skillz on social media. .

the trial holding presently at the Samuel Ilori Court House in Ogba Magistrate Court. Battery of journalists at the court were stopped from entering the premises by court officials and policemen on duty. Meanwhile, Naira Marley spotting a  black hood over his head was brought in a blue black truck of the Lagos Legal Department accompanied by policemen. The famous singer is on trial for attending the rowdy party organized by Funky Akindele for her husband, JJC Skillz in flagrant disregard for social distancing. Marley represented by a team of lawyers including daughter of Fuji musician, K1 De Ultimate , Barrister Damilola Ayinde Marshall and Barrister Afeez Olabisi. Other defendants, Babatunde Gbadamosi and his wife, Shade were represented by Barrister Ebun Adegboruwa. In solidarity with the famous singer, his colleague, Small Doctor and music executive,Abu Abel came to the court joined by calling for his unconditional release.

The Lagos State Government has withdrawn charges against Soapy singer, Azeez Fashola, popularly know as Naira Marley, and a politician, Babatunde Gbadamosi and his wife, Shade. Naira Marley, Gbadamosi and his wife, Shade were charged before the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Ogba for attending a crowded birthday party last Saturday in violation of the government’s social distancing directive to check the spread of coronavirus. . In a dramatic twist, the government, according to one of the defence counsel, Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), representing Gbadamosi withdrew the four counts filed against the defendants. Prior to the sitting of the court, a battery of journalists at the Samuel Ilori CourtHouse in Ogba Magistrate Division of Lagos were barred by policemen from entering the court premises. At the end of the proceedings, Adegboruwa briefed journalists on what transpired in the courtroom. He said the state withdrew the charges on the condition that the defendants would tender an apology to President Muhammadu Buhari and Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. In the same vein, Naira Marley’s Lawyer Afeez Olabisi said the court would resume on Thursday to know if the defendants agreed to the terms and conditions dictated by the court. All the defendants walked away free.




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