Naira Marley pleads guilty to violating COVID-19 lockdown order, fined N100k

Naira Marley pleads guilty to violating COVID-19 lockdown order, fined N100k

- Naira Marley was earlier detained by the Lagos police for violating COVID-19 lockdown order

- New reports reveal the singer has now pleaded guilty to the offence and has been fined N100k by the state's Special Offences Mobile Court

- This comes a month after the singer flew on a private jet to Abuja to host a music concert

The Lagos State Special Offences (Mobile) Court, Oshodi has fined Naira Marley and his manager N100,000 for violating the ban on interstate travels two months ago.

Recall a month ago, social media buzz with mixed reactions over Naira Marley's concert in Abuja despite the social distancing order occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.

Naira Marley pleads guilty to violating COVID-19 lockdown order, fined N100k
Naira Marley pleaded guilty to violating COVID-19 lockdown order. Photo credit: @nairamarley
Source: UGC

In a recent report by Sahara Reporters, the singer was arrested and detained by the Lagos police and subsequently appeared before the Moblie Court where he pleaded guilty to violating the ban.

A statement from the spokesperson of the state police command, Bala Elkana, disclosed that the singer was arraigned alongside his manager, Seyi Awouga.

They were arraigned 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”.

The singer and his manager, however, pleaded guilty and were awarded a fine of N100,000 each by the presiding Magistrate.

This, however, is not the singer's first rodeo with law enforcement agencies.

Recall in 2019, he was paraded alongside Zlatan Ibile and others in connection with alleged case of internet fraud and money laundering. According to EFCC, he was involved in advance-fee scam and other related cyber crimes.

In a related story, a magistrate court sitting in Ogba, Lagos, on April 6, sentenced Nollywood actress Funke Akindele-Bello and her husband Abdulrasheed Bello also known as JJC Skillz to 14 days community service each.

The court also directed the celebrity couple to pay a fine of N100,000 each. The actress and her husband were charged to court by the Lagos state government for violating restriction orders in the state.

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