Naira Marley pleads guilty to breaching lockdown

Nigeria – Nigerian musician Azeez Fashola, affectionately known as Naira Marley by his fans, has pleaded guilty to breaching Covid-19 lockdown restrictions when he travelled to the capital, Abuja, for a concert.

The musician was arrested on Thursday alongside his manager for the offence committed in June when government had banned non-essential travel to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

They pleaded guilty and were each fined 100,000 naira (about R4549,15).

The airline that flew them from the commercial hub of Lagos to Abuja was suspended indefinitely by the aviation minister, but later allowed to resume operations.

The airline said it mistook the musician’s surname for a judge who was on essential travel.

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