Naira Marley, the award-winning singer, is undoubtedly in legal trouble with the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
NairaMarley is facing an 11-count charge of credit card fraud brought against him by the EFCC.
The defense counsel, Olalekan Ojo SAN, objected to the witness’ opinion on the forensic evidence linking the defendant to credit card fraud at the last sitting on June 9, 2022. He had argued that only the court, not an investigator, could make determinations about the defendant’s guilt.
At today’s reopening of the trial, Justice Oweibo issued a brief ruling dismissing the defense’s objection.
“He had argued that only the court could make pronouncements on the defendant’s culpability, not an investigator”.
“At the resumed trial today, Justice Oweibo delivered a short ruling in which he dismissed the defence’s objection;
“It is the duty of the law enforcement agency or police, to charge a person to court to investigate if the defendant committed the crime or not. The investigator must be able to link the defendant to the commission of the crime.
“The prosecutor must have made up his mind as to the involvement of the defendant before bringing the case to court. I do not agree that the prosecution has declared the defendant guilty,” the judge ruled.