Nigerian singer, Iyanya has been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly stealing a car. According to reports from The Nation Newspaper, the music star was arraigned before the Igbosere High court in Lagos before Justice Mobolanle on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. He was brought before the court by the Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU) Ikoyi for stealing a car.
The report stated that police filed a one-count charge marked LD/9024c/2019 against the singer on March 15, 2019. Iyanya failed to appear in court for arraignment, despite allegedly being served with the charge and hearing notice, following which the arraignment was adjourned six times.
Justice Mobolanle threatened to invoke the power of the court after the music star refusal to show up at court. On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, Iyanya showed up at court where the charge was read before him. The court read out the charges against him stating that he allegedly dishonestly converted to his use of another person car, a Black Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) marked MAVINIY, with Chassis and Engine numbers JTEBX7FJ7EK165480 and 2TR1385954.
The SUV in question is said to belong to The Temple Management Company Ltd. After the charges were read before him, Iyanya pleaded not guilty. The prosecuting counsel, however, prayed that the court remand the singer in prison custody. This was however opposed by Iyanya’s lawyer, Mr Williams A. He prayed the court to release the musician to him and promise to produce him in court on the next adjournment. Justice Okikiolu-Ighile granted the defense counsel’s prayer and released him to his counsel.
Justice Mobolanle adjourned the case till February 27, 2020 and March 17, 2020 for ruling on Iyanya’s bail application and commencement of trial.