Court Arraigns Dancehall Star Burna Boy
An Ikea Magistrates Court sitting in Lagos has formally arraigned a Nigerian Dancehall act, Damini Ogulu popularly known as ‘Burna Boy’ for accessory after the fact of robbery.
Burna Boy was charged for his alleged role in the robbery of his fellow muscian, Abiye David Jombo aka Mr 2Kay, who was reportedly robbed at gunpoint in his hotel room at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on October 22, during the “Buckwyld N Breathless” concert where he also performed.
The Lagos state police invited singer Burna Boy in connection to the robbery, but the muaician honored the invitation for two months. He was subsequently arrested and detained after he turned himself in.
At Monday’s proceedings, Burna Boy who was dressed in Tshirt and blue jean trousers pleaded not guilty to the two count charge of ‘accessory after the fact’ and ‘conspiracy.
According to the Prosecutor, Inspector N. Peters Burna Boy did not disclose to security operatives what he knew about the armed robbery which took place on the 22nd of October.
Burna Boy’s lawyer, Bright Idahosa asked the court to grant his client bail in the moat liberal terms, a move which was not opposed by the police prosecutor.
However lawyers for Eko Hotel and Suites and Mr 2Kay’s record label Grafton Entertainment opposed the bail application while insiting that Burna Boy is a key witness in a sister case where the main suspects in the armed robbery case against Mr 2Kay are standing trial.
Specifically, Tayo Reju, holding watching brief for Eko Hotel and Suites pointed out that should Burna Boy be granted bail, it would jeopardize the sister case at a Lagos State Magistrate Court.
After listening to both parties, the presiding Magistrate, Mrs. B. O Osunsanmi granted Burna Boy bail of N100, 000 with two responsible aureties, while the matter was adjourned till December 29 for trial to commence.