Nigerian singer, Naira Marley has just been granted bail at the federal high court Lagos, with his bond set at N2m.
Justice Nicholas Onweibo imposed on the artiste, Azeez Fashola, 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 EFCC arraigned him last week before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, where he pleaded not guilty to an 11-count charge bordering on cyber crime. Trial has been adjourned to October 22-24.
At the resumed bail application, his lead defense counsel Olalekan Ojo for the singer apologized for his absence at the initial arraignment on May 20 due to heavy down poor.
Olalekan Ojo urged the court to accept the bail application Prima Facie based on the presumption of his innocence in accordance with Section 162 (1)
The defense also pleaded that a liberal approach is taken in hearing the bail application.
The prosecution counsel, led by Rotimi Oyedepo, however, argued that it is not the temporary release of the singer that mattered but the final judgment.
He, therefore, urged the court to grant accelerated hearing rather than bail.
He added that since the lawyer of the defendant said the defendant is a celebrity, then his actions and inactions have a multiplier effect on youths in the entire federation.
His counsel, Olalekan Ojo, SAN expressed satisfaction with the ruling, saying the terms are liberal.