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Alleged Conspiracy, Possession Of Counterfeit Cards: Various Stolen Credit Card Informations Retrieved From Naira Marley's Laptop - EFCC

NAIRA MARLEY 

BY FRANCIS IWUCHUKWU


IKOYI, LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday (today) told Justice Nicholas Oweibo of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria, that popular music talent, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, had on his laptop, various stolen credit card informations which were retrieved from the musician.


The anti-graft agency made the revelation while testifying in the alleged fraud case involving naira marley.


The Commission through its witness, Nuru Buhari, told Justice Nicholas Oweibo that aside the stolen credit card information's, website visit history recovered from the device indicates that the top five most visited sites dealt with buying and selling stolen credit card information's. 


Nuru Buhari said: "During analysis, the cache file and history file revealed that the most frequently visited sites by the user of the computer includes arder007.org, Zuni.sa, nationwidecheckbalance.co.uk, ferunshop.net AMD cocoa.co.uk.


"Analysis of the websites revealed that web 1 is where stolen card information is being sold to intending fraudsters, web 2 is for stolen credit cards specifically for the UK, web 3 is an online website designed for UK card holders to check their balance wherever they are around the world, web 4 is a dark web meaning am underground tunnel in the internet where stolen credit card information are sold and traded, web 5 is an online shopping mall where members are given discounts for shopping from certain shops."


Nuru Buhari, while being led in evidence by Rotimi Oyedepo, counsel to the anti-graft agency said that stolen credit card information's with special status that allows transaction up-to $12,000 without a pin or physical card was found in a file named select BIN 101.txt and .txt. 


Nuru Buhari further told Justice Nicholas Oweibo that: "For the note file, two major files were discovered named .txt which contained about four credit card information belonging to four different personalities in the UK including one Nicole Louise. 


"The second file is named selected BIN101.txt containing Bank Identification Number of European, American and Latin American banks.


"When we ran the BIN code search for the first six digits of the cards, it revealed they are Visa cards issued by Barclay's bank, Sandander UK plc.


"We identified that certain banks in US, Europe and Asia with certain peculiarities, these are banks that they issue credit cards without pins based on the high level of trust, they allow a transaction of up to $12,000 in a swipe on pos.


"Cards issued by those banks are card not required. All you need to execute a transaction is the card number and the CVV number. "


Nuru Buhari maintained that suspicious apps that are mostly used by people with shady deals on the internet were found on the laptop.


Nuru Buhari said: "We analysed installed apps on the laptop and we found two apps that enables the owner of the computer to decide the server of a bank as to his identity and location, IP VANISH and TOR browser.


"The TOR browser is sometimes called the onion. Most of the criminals cover their tracks with various layers just like an onion using this app to make it near impossible for a tracker to track their location.


"The IP VANISH is a virtual private network (VPN)  which provides that the actual computer and location of usage cannot be identified. It also gives the user the ability to change their location."


Nuru Buhari hinted Justice Nicholas Oweibo that 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. 


Nuru Buhari who revealed that he had been with the EFCC since 2006 and had been in the forensics department since 2009 and is now the head of the forensic department at the Lagos zonal office of the EFCC, maintained that on various occasions, trained and mentored with the South Korean police department and the FBI respectively. 


In the course of his examination in chief, Rotimi Oyedepo tendered the request for the analysis of apple laptop mac book pro and an iPhone labelled by the court as exhibit A and B, a laptop mac book pro and an iPhone allegedly confiscated from the defendant which was labelled exhibit C and D,  and the forensic laboratory report prepared by Nuru Buhari labelled exhibit E. 


In applying for an adjournment for the purposes of cross examining Nuru Buhari, Olalekan Ojo (SAN), counsel to Naira Marley, told Justice Nicholas Oweibo that most of the statements made by the witness are not in the documents provided by the prosecution and the defence is just hearing them for the first time and would need to closely review the statements before cross examining the witness. 


Justice Nicholas Oweibo adjourned unti till tomorrow, October 24, 2019 for cross examination of the witness. 


Naira Marley, eminently known for his “Am I a Yahoo Boy” and "Soapy" tracks, is being prosecuted by the EFCC on an 11-count charge of conspiracy, possession of counterfeit cards and fraud.


His co-defendant is one Yad Isril, said to still be at large.


Naira Marley was arraigned on May 20, 2019 and had pleaded not guilty to all 11 counts.


He was also granted bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in like sum. 


According to the charge, the defendant committed the offences on different dates, November 26, 2018, December 11, 2018, and May 10.


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