The fraudulent case against Nigerian controversial singer, Azeez Fashola who is popularly known in the music industry as Naira Marley took another dimension yesterday when a witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Dein Whyte, unveiled how the popular music star has been involved in a series of financial fraudulent activities.
Dein Whyte who was the EFCC’s 10th witness (PW10) of the EFCC testified against Naira Marley in a case standing before Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi in Lagos State on Thursday, November 30th, 2023.
Naira Marley is currently standing trial on 11-count charges bordering on conspiracy and credit card fraud which was filed against him by the country’s anti-graft agency, EFCC.
Giving testimony against Naira Marley, Dein Whyte stated that an investigation revealed that one of the world’s leading online payment gateway providers, Visa, has once flagged Naira Marley’s personal credit card for a fraud-related case.
Whyte also told Justice Oweibo that the history of the browsers installed on the computational devices seized from Naira Marley revealed that he patronized websites where credit card information of people is traded. Tools that are also used to verify the accuracy of the illegally possessed credit card information were also detected on the computational devices seized from Naira Marley.
Whyte revealed, “As part of the findings from the investigation, forensic analysis revealed that malicious programmes that are being used to illegally obtain credit card information, which can be used for card non-present transactions, were found on the device that was recovered from the defendant [Naira Marley] upon his arrest.”
Other items also recovered from Naira Marley included malicious tools used to disguise the active location of an internet user when his or her devices are connected to the internet.
“Tools that are used to verify the validity, active state, and accuracy of credit card credentials as well as the region of the user of that card were discovered on the defendant’s device. The analysis further revealed the website that had been accessed on the computer of the defendant through his browser history. The websites include sites where credit card information is illegally traded,” Whyte stated.
While confirming ownership of the seized computational devices, Whyte stated that both the Laptop computer and mobile phone recovered from Naira Marley were registered in his name. He also claims that the commission wrote a letter to Visa which helped to affirm the flagging of Naira Marley’s credit card for fraud, although Visa did not link the fraudulent case to any of the Naira Marley’s devices.
Justice Oweibo after listening to examination and cross-examination by the EFCC’s led counsel, Bilikisu Buhari and Naira Marley’s counsel, Olalekan Ojo, SAN, adjourned the case to March 6 and 7, 2024 for the continuation of the trial.
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Written by Omooba Alekuwodo (omoobaalekuwodo)
Published 12/1/2023 12:01:07 PM