Azeez Fashola, a popular Nigerian singer also known as Naira Marley, has further been charged with credit card fraud through forensic evidence by the Cybercrime Department of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC).
According to The PUNCHThe EFCC investigation team led by Whyte Dein submitted forensic reports on Thursday establishing that Naira Marley was involved in credit card fraud at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi.
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Naira Marley is accused of activities contrary to the Money Laundering Act and the Cybercrime Act. He allegedly committed these crimes in 2018. On May 20, 2018, he was brought before a court, but released after being released on bail.
His trial resumed on Thursday and Dein, led by EFCC lawyer Rotimi Oyedepo, told the court that conversations where Naira Marley asked for credit card details were found on his iPhone.
“One of our findings from the forensic report shows the exchange of chat messages with multiple people when the accused sent credit card details, including card numbers and expiration dates. The Visa card details were among those sent by the defendant to a certain person known on his contact list as Raze.This message sent the Visa card details to Raze, whereupon Raze replied that the card was not valid,” Dein reportedly said.
“We were able to establish by investigation the previous messages he sent with a wrong card which was indeed not valid. We then repeated the same process a second time which was now valid. »
The EFCC Cybercrime Team also revealed that Naira Marley was using a multilingual browser to access illegal networks. He allegedly did this by using malicious Internet tools and the Top Browser, which hid his location and identity whenever he connected to the Internet.
“The defendant used malicious tools to conceal the identity and location of the laptop user while connected to the Internet, as well as the presence of the Top Browser which acted as a unique gateway to the dark net. This gave us reasonable grounds to suspect that the defendant had engaged in fraudulent card activity. And this was established through a response to our request to Visa Western Union Card,” Dein said.
“The types of sites most commonly associated with the dark web are marketplaces where illicit goods such as narcotics, firearms and stolen credit card numbers are bought and sold. The darker corners are used to hire hitmen, engage in human trafficking, and trade child pornography.
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Earlier forensic reports revealed that details of stolen cards issued by European, US and Latin American banks were found on Naira Marley’s laptop.
In 2019, defense attorney, Olalekan Ojo, (SAN) argued against submissions by the investigative team accusing the defendant of fraud.
In the meantime, the case has been adjourned to July 13 and 15 to decide on the points and the continuation of the trials respectively.