A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday adjourned till Wednesday the trial of musician, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, who is facing card fraud charges.
The trial was scheduled to commence on Monday but Marley, through his counsel Mr Olalekan Ojo SAN, prayed Justice Nicholas Oweibo to halt proceedings until a motion he filed yesterday morning was determined.
In the motion, the defendant prayed the court to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to furnish him with the prosecution witnesses’ statements.
Ojo said: “In the course of pre-trial preparation, it was discovered that certain documents which we require and to which prosecution made reference in their proof of evidence, are not available to us.”
He prayed the court to hear his motion before the prosecution calls its first witness.
But, EFCC counsel Rotimi Oyedepo, opposed the adjournment application.
According to him, the prosecution was not in possession of the required documents, besides, the defence was not entitled to the statements as of right.
After hearing the motion, the judge ruled in Marley’s favour. He ordered the EFCC to provide the defence with its investigators’ statements, if any.
He held: “In criminal trial, it must be borne in mind that criminal trial at the Federal High Court is summary trial, therefore proof of evidence is not required. However, the investigating officer’s report must be furnished to the defence and the statements of witnesses if any.”