Naira Marley was slammed four counts charge for attending a birthday party organised by Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele-Bello (a.k.a. Jenifer) and her husband, AbdulRasheed Bello, known as JJC Skillz and at the hearing of the case before Chief Magistrate Yetunde Aje-Afunwa yesterday, the defendants were called to the dock but the charges were not read to them. (Their pleas were not taken either).
However, the state counsel, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Gbadebo Oshoala, told the court that the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN), sent a directive that having considered the remorsefulness of the three defendants, he had considered out-of-court settlement on conditions.
“They (defendants) have to write a formal apology to Lagos State government to solidify the remorsefulness shown by them.
“Secondly, they have to give an undertaking in writing that they will continue to comply with the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari and the governor, which is the subject matter of the case before the court.
“And also, in view of the danger, which the state believes they have put themselves by attending a gathering exceeding 20 persons, they must agree to go on 14 days isolation to protect other members of the public from any likely danger.”
In her ruling, Magistrate Aje-Afunwa said: “Since the defendants have all agreed to comply with the conditions, they must be met or be seen to be met.
“The court hereby adjourns to March 9, 2020, for withdrawal or pleas to be taken if conditions fail to be complied with.”