The Mobile Court in Abuja on Friday sentenced Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, for violating Presidential regulation on COVID-19.
Marley pleaded guilty to the four-count charge pressed on him by the prosecuting team after about two months he and his members flew from Lagos State to Abuja to perform at a concert organised at Jabi Lake Mall in Abuja.
Magistrate Idayat Akanni reading the judgment, , ordered Naira Marley to pay N50,000 for each of the count and publish a public apology to the Federal Government of Nigeria in a national daily.
The four-count charge include violating Presidential ban on interstate travelling and non-wearing of face mask contrary to the Presidential Order imposing compulsory wearing of face mask by all persons within Abuja the Federal Capital Territory.
Other charges are violating social distance order as well as violating dusk to dawn curfew in the territory.
While reacting to the judgment, the defendant’s lawyer, Yunusa Mohammad, said: ” moving forward, we will be very detailed and also confirm informations given to our clients by people who book him.”
“Like in this instance, we were given the assurance that all the approvals from the government have been procured for him to be in Abuja and at the concert.
“It was on the strength of the representation that he came to Abuja to perform.”
Mohammed said that having gone through the trial, Naira Marley would henceforth be more vocal in the advocacy for the adherence to the COVID-19 safety guidelines by all.
The Prosecutor, Chief State Council to the Government, Udeme Umanah, said that the offences had a minimum fine of N2,000, but the court had on its own jurisdiction imposed a N50,000 fine per count since Marley has admitted liability.