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Naira Marley is still in prison.

The singer who was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and detained for alleged criminal offences, including internet fraud, and was granted bail days ago is still in prison custody.. and the reason is shocking.

According to unconfirmed reports, the singer whose fans declared May 30th – The day he was granted bail, as “Naira Marley Day” is yet to be released because “No Lagos state Level 10 and above civil service officer with landed properties has agreed to stand as surety for him, due to his alleged criminal records.”

Recall that the EFCC announced that evidence against him is overwhelming.

He was arrested alongside Zlatan Ibile, Rahman Jago and five others who have all been granted bail.

GTBank, Mastercard, Visa Inc representatives to testify against Naira Marley

Naira Marley’s bail was set to two million on the 30th of May, after a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos granted him bail at his bail hearing yesterday, 30th of Mary 2019.

The ruling judge, Justice Nicholas Onweibo imposed on the artiste a N2 million bail, with two sureties in like sum. The first surety must be a civil servant from the level of grade 10, while the second surety must have landed property.

The Trial has been adjourned to October 22-24 and PUNCH is reporting that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is set to present about nine witnesses in its case against the musician.

Court documents which were obtained by the correspondent of the reputable newspaper, reveal that the witnesses will give evidence of their investigation and tender exhibits, as well as reveal their findings to the court.

Some of the witnesses are believed to be GTbank, Mastercard, Visa Inc.. and they are expected to tender relevant card and account details of the defendant to the court.

Naira Marley was picked up by the commission on the 10th of May at 9 Gbangbala Street, Ikate, Lekki, Lagos, alongside Omoniiyi Temidayo, popularly known as Zlatan Ibile and three others, with the latter been granted bail 4 days later.

After Marley’s arrest, the commission filed 11 charges against the singer bordering on alleged cybercrime and identity theft.

The alleged crimes were in contravention of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act, which the artiste risks seven years in jail if found guilty.

Singer Naira Marley

Section 33 (2) of the Act, which Naira Marley was accused of contravening 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.”

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