UPDATE: Immediately after writing their letter of apology, Lagos govt withdraws charges against Naira Marley, Gbadamosi

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The Lagos State Government under the leadership of His Excellency Governor Babajide Sanwo olu has withdrawn the charges against a former governorship candidate called Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi and Azeez Fashola a.k.a Naira Marley, after the defendants fulfilled the letters of apology condition of the court for withdrawal of the cases against them.

It would be recalled that The Lagos State Ministry of Justice had, on the 8th of April 2020, filed charges at the Magistrate Court that have his sitting at Ogba against the defendants for attending a birthday ceremony organised by the well known Nollywood Actress celebrity couple, Mrs. Funke Akindele-Bello and her husband, Mr. AbdulRashed Bello, at Amen Estate, Ibeju-Lekki on April 4, 2020.

While Speaking on the case, Lagos state Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Yhaqub Oshoala said that in view of the remorse shown by the defendants, the State agreed to withdraw the charges on the condition that the accused fulfill certain conditions as stated.

“In accordance with the restorative justice procedure, the State agreed to withdraw the charges on the condition that the defendants will fulfill the following: Write a formal apology to the Government of Lagos State; Issue an undertaking in writing to comply with the Regulations of Mr. President and Mr. Governor which is the subject matter of the case before the court and Self-isolate for 14 days to protect other members of the public, ” Oshoala explained.

“The fourth condition, which pertains only to Azeez Fashola a.k.a Naira Marley was that he will support the Lagos State Government campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic by using his position as a renowned artiste to urge the youth to stay at home and keep the required social distancing directives issued by Mr. Governor, at no cost to the Government.

Damilola Ogungbade

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