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LASG withdraws charges against Naira Marley, others

Lagos State Government has given conditions for withdrawing the criminal charge brought against hip-hop star, Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley, former Lagos governorship aspirant, Babatunde Gbadamosi and his wife Folashade for flouting the state Coronavirus social distancing directive.

The state counsel, Yakub Oshoala told the court that the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyo Onigbanjo SAN sent a directive that having considered the remorse of the three defendants, he has considered out of court settlement conditions.

The conditions are

(1) They have to write a formal apology to the Government of Lagos State which will solidify the remorsefulness shown by them.

(2) They have to give an undertaking in writing that they will continue to comply with the directives of Mr President and Mr Governor which is the subject matter of the case before the court.

(3) In view of the danger which the state believes they’ve put themselves by attending a gathering exceeding 20 persons, they must agree to go on 14 days isolation to protect other members of the public from any likely danger.

Mr Oshoala also submitted that this is absolutely necessary “in view of the fact that some individuals who travelled from endangered countries where present at the party.

He stressed that the state is not a persecutor but it is always ready to enforce the laws that benefit the interest of the public.

The state counsel submitted that If the conditions are met, the four count charge will be withdrawn and that will be the end of the matter.

In a reaction, the defence counsels commended the state government, the Department of Public Prosecution, DPP, and affirm compliance with the three conditions.

Naira Marley was represented in court by Damilola Ayinde-Marshall alongside Afeez Olabisi while Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Olawale Akoni and Ebun-olu Adegboruwa represented Babatunde Gbadamosi and his wife

The matter has been adjourned till tomorrow for affirmation of compliance with the conditions

Wahab Akinlade

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