A Magistrates’ Court sitting in the Tinubu area of Lagos Island has dismissed a car theft charge filed by the police against popular hip-hop artiste, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, as well as his two brothers and their cousin.
The Court dismissed the case following the withdrawal of charges by the police on Tuesday .
The police had filed a four counts of conspiracy, stealing, assault and obstructing the police against them before the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court at Tinubu.
While the brothers and cousin of the hiphop singer had been arraigned on December 16, Naira Marley has yet to present himself in court.
At the December 31, 2019 hearing, the magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, had threatened to issue a warrant for the arrest of the singer.
But after being persuaded by Naira Marley’s lawyer, Ayodeji Awokulehin, the magistrate further adjourned the case till January 14, 2020.
At the resumed proceedings on Tuesday, however, the prosecution told the magistrate that the defendants and the complainant in the case, Mr Adenekan Ademola, had resolved to settle the matter out of court.
The magistrate was presented with the terms of settlement of the case, endorsed by both parties.
As a result, the magistrate struck out the four counts, freeing Naira Marley and the others.