Mobile court fines Naira Marley N200k for COVID-19 violation

Naira Marley

AN Abuja Mobile Court on Friday convicted and fined a musician, Azeez Fashola (aka Naira Marley) N200,000 for violating COVID-19 health protocols on June 13.

Naira Marley was charged with four counts of violating interstate travel ban, not using a  face mask, breaking the social distancing order and attending a concert breaching the COVID-19 restriction order on social gathering.

Magistrate Idayat Akanni set the fine at N200,000 after the musician pleaded guilty to the charges against him.

Counsel to the artiste, Mohammed Yunusa earlier said that his client was made to believe that the organisers of the concert had procured all the approval from the Federal Government.

The Chief State Counsel, Udeme Umana, said: ”The court also mandated him to publish an public apology to the Federal Government in a national daily of choice.

“This will serve as a deterrent to other Nigerians.”

The singer crooner had on June 13, left Lagos for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)  to perform at a concert held at the Jabi Lake Mall.

Play Network Africa, Traffic Bar, and El’Carnival, organized the concert, which was sponsored by Glenfiddich.

Following public outrage generated by the incident, the FCT Minister shut down the mall while the Federal Government stopped the operations of the airline, whose plane Naira Marley chartered.


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