- Nigerian singer, Iyanya has been charged with car theft by the Nigerian police
- According to reports, he was arraigned before a high court in Lagos on February 4
- The singer who pleaded not guilty, is said to have committed the offence in September 2018
It appears these are trying times for Nigerian singer, Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk better known by his stage name, Iyanya, after the Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU) Ikoyi, charged him with car theft.
According to The Nation, the police had filed the charges against the singer back in 2019. Reports reveal the one-count charge marked LD/9024c/201 was filed on March 15, 2019. Iyanya, however, failed to show up before the court.
The court was adjourned six times due to his failure to appear, despite the singer being served with the charge. He eventually appeared before Justice Mobolanle Okikiolu-Ighile of an Igbosere high court, Lagos, on February 4.
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Prosecution counsel, Chukwu Agwu who is a Superintendent of Police, alleged that Iyanya committed the offence in September 2018.
The court heard that the defendant allegedly dishonestly converted to his use or of another person, a Black Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) marked MAVINIY, with Chassis and Engine numbers JTEBX7FJ7EK165480 and 2TR1385954.
Agwu told the court that the said vehicle belongs to ‘The Temple Management Company Ltd, represented by a lawyer, Ayodeji Olomojobi.
Iyanya however, pleaded not guilty to the allegations.
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Although Agwu prayed the court to remand the singer in Nigerian Correctional Services, pending the hearing and determination of his bail application, Iyanya's counsel opposed it.
He prayed the court to release the musician to him and undertook to produce him in court on the next adjournment. His prayer was granted.
She adjourned till February 27 and March 17, for ruling on Iyanya’s bail application and commencement of trial.
In a similar story, Adeyemi Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, was given till January 14, 2020, to appear in court for arraignment for alleged car theft.
The order was given by a magistrate court in Lagos who warned that if the musician failed to appear, a bench warrant would be issued for his arrest. The order was made in the trial of three other defendants including two of Marley’s brothers.
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