The police on Tuesday ,has withdrawn the car theft charges filed against , Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and his siblings, Idris and Babatunde Fashola; and cousin, Kunle Obere.
The police had filed four count charges of conspiracy, stealing, assault and obstructing the police against them before the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court at Tinubu.
While Idris, Babatunde, and Obere had been arraigned on December 16, Naira Marley is yet to present himself in court.
The magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, had threatened to issue a warrant for the arrest of the singer, at the December 31, 2019 hearing but was 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, presenting the terms of settlement of the case, endorsed by both parties.
Consequently, the magistrate struck out the four counts, freeing Naira Marley and the others.
At the last hearing, Naira Marley’s lawyer, Ayodeji Awokunlehin, had hinted that his client was exploring an out-of-court settlement talk with the complainant, Ademola, who alleged that Naira Marley and others stole his Toyota Camry with Registration No. FEE 120 AA valued at N1.8m and an iPhone X5 worth N330,000.