An FCT-Abuja mobile court has imposed a N200,000 fine on Nigerian musician, Azeez Fashola, hailed as Naira Marley, for violating the Presidential Taskforce Protocols on Covid-19 during the lockdown effected to curb the virus spread in the country.
A four-count charge was brought against the artiste by the FCT Task Team on Covid-19. Marley, who often rides on controversy and negative publicity pleaded guilty to the charges.
In pronouncing the judgement, the court held that Azeez Fashola being a celebrity should have been a good example to his followers because, “if he did not hold that event, his large followers would also have followed his good examples.”
The presiding magistrate, Idayat Akanni, who handed down the sentence, ordered Naira Marley to pay N50,000 on each of the four counts brought against him.
The musician was also ordered to publish a public apology to the Federal Government of Nigeria in any of the National dailies.
Marley had been arraigned for the same offence on Thursday in Lagos before he was flown to Abuja to appear before the FCT mobile court.
The action of the controversial artiste had sparked national outrage when he flew a chattered flight from Lagos to Abuja on the 13th of June to perform at a musical concert at the Jabi Lake Mall in the FCT.