The trial of music artiste, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, on 11 charges bordering on conspiracy, possession of counterfeit cards and fraud, resumed on Tuesday at the Federal High Court, Lagos.
The court listened to the testimony of a second prosecution witness, Anosike Augustine, a mobile forensic expert with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Led in evidence by the prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, the witness continued his testimony which he had begun in 2020 just before the COVID-19 lockdown.
Anosike narrated how about 2,410 short messages were analysed from the iPhone of the defendant. He also said that different credit card numbers were extracted from the defendant’s iPhone.
According to him, the Apple iPhone is a sophisticated device capable of storing a large volume of information, adding that it is the sim card that basically identifies users of applications such as WhatsApp.
While analysing Naira Marley’s iPhone, the witness said 977 Short Message Service (SMS) and 1,433 chat messages, were discovered adding that there were also seven pending status update messages.
The witness specifically took his time to read out a plethora of credit card numbers and messages sent from the phone on different dates and times, as well as OTP codes sent.
He listed some of the recipients of the messages to include one Yadd and another Raze.
After his testimony, the prosecutor informed the court that all the analysed messages were contained in a Compact Disc (CD) but that the prosecution had only printed out those portions which were material to its case.
The prosecutor then asked the court if he could be allowed to bring a projector for the purpose of playing the CD in the open court, so as to fully prove its cyber fraud case and discharge the burden placed on the prosecution and against the defendant.
The defence counsel, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Olalekan Ojo did not have any objections to the request and the court allowed it.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo, therefore, adjourned till tomorrow, October 27, for the CD to be played.
Evidences Bordering On Cyber Fraud
On May 20, 2019, the anti-graft agency had arraigned the artiste Naira Marley, who sang the popular song: “Am I a Yahoo Boy”, before the Federal High Court, Lagos.
The anti-graft agency said the offences were committed on different dates between November 26, 2018, and December 11, 2018, as well as May 10, 2019.
The commission alleged that Naira Marley and his accomplices conspired to use different Access Bank ATM cards to defraud their victims.
The EFCC also said that the defendant possessed and used counterfeit credit cards belonging to different people, with intent to defraud others.
The alleged offences are said to contravene the provisions of Sections 1 23 (1) (b), 27 (1) and 33(9) of Cyber Crime (Prohibition) Prevention Act, 2015.
Before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, Naira Marley pleaded not guilty.
The court granted him bail in the sum of N2million with two sureties in like sum.
At the last sitting of the court, Justice Oweibo admitted a C.D containing the phone analysis of the embattled singer.
The CD had been tendered in evidence at a previous proceeding by Anosike Augustine, a mobile forensic expert with the EFCC.
Anosike who is the second prosecution witness in the EFCC had told the court how he analysed the contents of the iPhone allegedly retrieved from Naira Marley during the investigation.
Counsel to Naira Marley, Olalekan Ojo, had objected to the admissibility of the evidence.
In his ruling, Justice Oweibo overruled the objections of the counsel and admitted the C.D in evidence.
The judge said, “l have considered the agreement of both parties as well as the ground for the objection, I consider the C.D to be admissible in view of the nature of this case and the evidence of the other prosecution witness.
“Accordingly it is hereby admitted in evidence and marked exhibit F.”
Before the testimony of the second witness, the EFCC had called another of its forensic expert, Nuru Buhari.
Mr Buhari, who testified as the first prosecution witness had told Justice Oweibo, that various stolen credit card information were retrieved from the musician’s laptop.
Apart from the stolen credit card information, website visit history recovered from the device showed that the top five most visited sites dealt with buying and selling stolen credit card information.
Mr Buhari also informed the court that suspicious apps that are mostly used by people with shady deals on the internet were found on the laptop.
Mr Buhari said an analysis of the administrator account on the laptop revealed that the admin is one Naira Marley and the account was connected to his iCloud account.
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‘I’m Hurt And Humiliated’, BBNaija’s Maria Cries Out After Being Extorted, Quarantined By Ghanaian Authorities
Former Big Brother Naija Housemate Maria Chike Benjamin was reportedly extorted and quarantined by the Ghanaian authorities against her will.
The report shared by an Instagram blogger alleged that Ghanaians are issuing Nigerians fake Covid-19 result to keep them in quarantine and extort them.
According to the report, Maria is kept in a stinking hostel even when the doctor has confirmed she is Covid-19 negative.
The post reads: The Ghanian authorities are holding Maria against her will. This is sad. What is this Covid extortion? These people are doing fake covid results to keep Nigerians in quarantine and extort them. What is this mess? Kept her in a stinking hostel even when the doctor confirmed she’s covid negative. Again, what is the essence of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Recall that Maria Chike received backlashes after sharing a video with her married lover Kelvin.
This generated several reactions from social media users, especially after Maria failed to debunk the news of dating and snatching the married man, Kelvin.
Many thought that Maria had finally dumped Kelvin, not knowing that they are still dating.
Maria, who is currently in Dubai, took to her Instagram story to share a video where she and Kelvin, alongside their friends, were having fun.
Reacting to this, many netizens slammed Maria stating that her apology to kelvin’s wife was to please the public and calm the situation.
While some netizens claimed that Maria had no conscience for showing off another man’s wife on social media, others blamed Kelvin for Maria’s attitude.
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Actress Bukola Kiitan Lands In Hospital
Fast-rising Nollywood actress Bukola Kiitan has been admitted to the hospital over an undisclosed ailment and cancelled all engagement.
Taking to her Instagram page, Bukola Kiitan shared a video of her lying on the bed with a drip fixed to her hand.
Bukola Kiitan apologised to her fans and followers that she would not meet up for a proposed meet and greet at the Cinema today.
According to Bukola Kiitan, her current health status is an aftermath of a movie shoot.
She wrote: Am so sorry can’t meet up for the meet and greet at the cinema today. Aftermath of movie shoot.
Recall that Bukola Kiitan tackled former Big Brother Naija Housemate Ka3na for dragging actors about movie production and brand influencing.
In a post shared on the microblogging platform, Ka3na claimed that most Nollywood producers and actors had become brand influencers; hence there are no latest Nigerian movies on Netflix.
Ka3na opined that many of these Nollywood stars joined brand influencing because former housemates of the BBNaija show opened their eyes to know that brand influencing is a lucrative business.
She added that brand influencing is not a competition as she urged Nollywood producers and actors to make good movies for the Christmas holiday.
She wrote: Most Nollywood movie producers/actors have become brand influencers. No latest Nigerian movies on Netflix. Bbn housemates don open their eyes to influencing money. It’s not a competition. Y’all make us good holiday movies, please.
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Displeased with the statement, Kitan Bukola slammed Ka3na for insulting people who have struggled for years to get fame, unlike her, who was fortunate because of the BBNaiija platform.
Kitan Bukola urged Ka3na not to discredit Nollywood stars because of the fame which she got within a few months or use her grace to disgrace others.
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Some People Think Men Are Bankrolling My Lifestyle, Says Actress Uche Elendu
Actress, Uche Elendu has debunked the speculations online that men are bankrolling her lifestyle.
The light skinned role interpreter said:”I don’t know why people don’t understand that women are now independent. Several times, false judgment has been made against me in that regard. Women work hard to make a name for themselves and they do not want to be swept under the carpet.
“Personally, I work so hard to be financially comfortable. But, despite my hard work, if I buy a car or a house, some people would still say, ‘Who is the man bankrolling her’? That is gender inequality and people do not understand that everybody is not the same.
“I remember that last year (October 2020 in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests) when I lost goods in my store, some persons were saying I stop crying because the alleged politician that bought it for me would stock my shop again,she stated in a recent interview.
Elendu debuted her acting career by featuring in a movie titled Fear of the Unknown.
As a result of her marriage, she took a long break from acting and this action eventually derailed and stagnated her career as an actress. In 2015 she secured the lead role in a movie titled Ada Mbano. This movie was the catalyst which re-ignited her acting career.
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