EFCC cyberfraud forensics indict Naira Marley

efcc cyberfraud forensics indict naira marley
efcc cyberfraud forensics indict naira marley

On Thursday, June 9, the Cybercrime Section of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission delivered forensic investigation reports in the case against singer Azeez Fashola a.k.a. Naira Marley, who is accused with credit card fraud before the Ikoyi Federal High Court.

Whyte Dein, the Section’s chief detective, informed the court that his team’s investigations uncovered the defendant’s involvement in credit card theft.

Naira Marley was charged with eleven counts of alleged credit card fraud in violation of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act.

Apparently, the singer committed these infractions between November 26 and December 11, 2018, and May 10, 2018. On May 20, 2019, he was arraigned, however he was given bail.

At the resumption of the trial on Thursday, June 9, Dein, who was presented as a witness by EFCC attorney Rotimi Oyedepo, told Justice Nicholas Oweibo that they detected communications on the defendant’s iPhone with a man named Raze who requested credit card information.

He stated, “One of our findings from the forensic study indicates that the defendant exchanged chat chats with multiple individuals during which he transferred credit card information, including card numbers and expiration dates. The defendant submitted Visa card information to a certain person on his contact list identified as Raze. This communication submitted Visa Card information to Raze, who responded that the card was invalid.

“Through inquiry, we were able to determine that the earlier texts he sent with an invalid card were sent with an invalid card. Then, we repeated the identical procedure, which was now valid.”

Dein further explained that the Naira Marley accessed unlawful networks via a multilingual web browser.

He stated, “The defendant employed harmful software to conceal the identity and location of the laptop’s owner when it was linked to the internet, together with the Top Browser, which served as a single gateway to the dark web.” This provided us with reasonable grounds to infer that the defendant had engaged in card fraud. This was confirmed by a response to our request for a Visa Western Union Card.”

“The sites most typically identified with the dark web are marketplaces where illegal items such as narcotics, guns, and stolen credit card details are purchased and sold. The darkest corners are utilised to hire assassins, engage in human trafficking, and trade child pornographic material.

Buru Buhari, a second forensics specialist, testified in court on October 3, 2019, that his study of the singer’s laptop indicated the theft of card information from European, American, and Latin American banks.

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Dein concluded by stating that the investigations implicated the defendant in cyber fraud. The defence attorney, Olalekan Ojo, SAN, however, protested and stated that only the court could render a verdict.

The case was postponed until July 13 for a decision and July 15 for trial continuation.

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