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Lockdown: Lagos withdraws charges against Naira Marley, Gbadamosi


The Lagos State Government, musician, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, and a politician, Babatunde Gbadamosi are to settle out of court as the state withdraws charges against Fashola and Gbadamosi

They were scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday though policemen barred journalists from the court premises.

Naira Marley, Gbadamosi and his wife were charged before the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Ogba for attending a crowded party organised by popular Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele.

The party was organised in honour of the birthday of her husband, DJ Skillz.

The Lagos State Government held that the party violated the government’s social distancing directive to check the spread of coronavirus.

The host and her husband had on Monday been sentenced to 14-day communal service and one hundred thousand Naira fine for each of them.

In the latest development, the government, according to one of the defence counsel, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), withdrew the four counts filed against the three defendants.

At the end of the proceedings, Adegboruwa, briefing journalists, said the state withdrew the charges on the condition that the defendants would tender an apology to President Muhammadu Buhari and Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

It is unclear if the accused have fulfilled the conditions as at press time.

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