Controversial Nigerian artist, Abdulazeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, and his associate, Samson Elutu, also known as Sam Larry, have been released on bail after spending weeks in detention.
As per the latest information received by Kemi Filani, they haven’t been granted bail in the traditional sense, but rather, they’ve been required to provide three sureties along with a substantial sum of N20 million.
Additionally, Naira Marley and Sam Larry must surrender their international passports and appear weekly at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
The Magistrate has issued a strict warning against any direct contact with her, stating that all attempts to reach her will be documented and may be disclosed during court proceedings.
In the wake of the unfortunate passing of the late singer Mohbad, Naira Marley and Sam Larry faced accusations of physically assaulting the singer, leading to their remand by the police.
Recently, Naira Marley and Sam Larry took legal action by filing a lawsuit against the Magistrate and the Police regarding their prolonged detention.
This legal action was initiated in the Federal High Court in Lagos, with the police and the magistrate named as defendants. Naira Marley and Sam Larry are seeking compensation of N20 million each as damages.
The lawsuit has sparked discussions among the public, with some expressing support for their legal action, while others pointed out the serious nature of the accusations that led to their detention, including allegations related to Mohbad’s well-being.
It’s worth noting that on October 4, 2023, a Magistrate Court in Yaba, Lagos State, had remanded Naira Marley and Sam Larry in custody over allegations of mistreating the late former Marlian Music signee, Mohbad. While the Lagos State Police Command initially sought a 30-day remand for Naira Marley and others to complete their investigation, Magistrate Adeola Olatunbosun ruled that a 21-day remand was appropriate.