Abuja Concert: Naira Marley Pleads Guilty In Court, Fined N100,000
Lagos State Special Offences (Mobile) Court, Oshodi has fined singer Afeezz Fashola better known as Naira Marley and his manager, Seyi Awouga N100,000 each for flouting the ban on interstate travels in June, 2020.
The singer and his manager had on June 8, travelled from Lagos to Abuja and back to Lagos for a drive-through concert in Abuja.
The concert, which held at the Jabi Lake Mall, drew public outcry as many Nigerians called for his arrest and prosecution.
The Federal Government thereafter shut down Jabi Lake mall for a while and suspended the flight for contravening the restriction on interstate movement and closure of airports in existence at the time.
The singer has now been arraigned before the court by the state police command on August 6 for violating the COVID-19 safety protocol in place then.
A statement from the spokesperson of the state police command, Bala Elkana, said Naira Marley was arraigned alongside his manager on a one-count charge of;
Breach of the cessation of movement and interstates travel order made by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under Regulation 4(i) of the Lagos State Infectious Disease Emergency Prevention) Regulation No 2 of 2020 and committed an offence punishable under Section 58 Public Health Law, Ch. P16, Laws of Lagos State 2015.
When the charge was read to them, Naira Marley and his manager pleaded guilty and were awarded a fine of N100,000 each by the presiding Magistrate.