From a new report reaching us, controversial Nigerian artiste Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley and his Manager, Seyi Awonuga, were arraigned by the Lagos State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, a division under the state’s Police Command.
The two offenders were brought recently before the Mobile Court, otherwise known as Lagos State Special Offenses, for flouting the interstate travel ban placed on people as a result of the ongoing coronavirus.
Naira Marley was fined N100,000 alongside his manager for violating the interstate travel ban
From what we learnt, Naira Marley departed Lagos to Abuja on the 13th of June, 2020, for a concert at the Jabi Lake Mall, as against the public order and restriction on movement. This action, however, brought a lot of backlash from Nigerians especially on social media platforms, which drew the attention of the authorities to it.
The Jabi Mall where the concert was held was shut down by the government. Also, the authorities halted the operations of the airline that took the Nigerian artiste to the FCT area. Naira Marley and his Manager reportedly turned themselves in at the police station, which later led to their arrest.
The venue - Jabi Mall used for the Naira Marley's concert in Abuja was shut down by the government
This report was confirmed recently by the Lagos State Police PRO, Bala Elkana.
“He was arraigned alongside his manager, Seyi Awonuga, on one count of breach of cessation of movement and interstate 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 of the Public Health Law, Ch. P16, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
“The two accused persons pleaded guilty to the charge and were awarded a fine of N100,000 each by the presiding magistrate.”