His Lawyer had pleaded with the Magistrate to temper justice with mercy.
Sensational musician, Azeez Fashola (also known Naira Marley) was Friday fined N200,000 for violating COVID-19 protocols on June 13 by an Abuja Mobile Court
His Manager was on Thursday similarly fined N100,000 for a similar offence in a Lagos court.
Naira Marley was charged with four counts of violating interstate travel ban, not using a facemask, breaking the socia –distancing order and attending a concert breaching the COVID-19 restriction order on the social gathering.
Magistrate Idayat Akanni set the fine at N200,000 after the musician pleaded guilty to the charges against him. Speaking earlier, Counsel to the artiste, Mohammed Yunusa said pleaded with the Magistrate to mitigate justice with mercy as his client was made to believe that the organizers of the concert had procured all the approval from the Federal Government.
The Chief State Counsel, Udeme Umana, said:”the court also mandated him to publish an public apology to the Federal Government in a national daily of choice. “This will serve as a detterent to other Nigerians”.
The ‘Mafo’ crooner had on June 13, left Lagos for the Federal Capital Territory to perform at a concert held at the Jabi Lake Mall.
The concert was organized by Play Network Africa, Traffic Bar, and El’Carnival, and was sponsored by Glenfiddich.
Following public outrage, the FCT Minister shut down the mall and the Federal Government of Nigeria stopped the operation of the airline whose plane he chartered.