Naira Marley, Manager fined for violating travel ban

Naira Marley
Emeh Joy

The State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Lagos State Police Command has arraigned popular Nigerian artiste Azeez Fashola aka Naira Marley and his manager, Seyi Awonuga before the Lagos State Special Offences (Mobile) Court, Oshodi for violating the ban on interstate travels.

The artiste reportedly left Lagos for Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory for a concert on Saturday, June 13, 2020. The show took place at the Jabi Lake Mall and attracted public outrage.

The government in swift reaction had shut down the mall while stopping the operation of the airline whose plane conveyed Naira Marley.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu reportedly ordered for the arrest of Naira Marley. According to a news report, the artiste and his manager turned themselves in at the police station on Thursday where they were subsequently arrested.

Naira Marley performing at "Access The Stars" concert in Lagos

The State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Bala Elkana confirmed the recent development in a statement.

Elkana said, "It will be recalled that on June 13, 2020, around 2 pm, the suspect, in total violation of the lockdown order, embarked on non-essential travel from Lagos to Abuja and back to Lagos the same date through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja for a musical concert in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

"He was arraigned alongside his manager, Seyi Awonuga, on one count of breach of the 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".

He further said that Naira Marley 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", Elkana said.

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