The trial of Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, continued before Justice I. Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, Oyogist reports.
During the trial, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, presented reports of forensic investigations linking the defendant, Naira Marley to a Visa Card fraud.
Marley is being prosecuted by the EFCC on an 11-count charge bordering on conspiracy and credit card fraud.
He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges when he was arraigned on May 20, 2019.
The defendant allegedly committed the offence between November 2018 and May 2019.
However, at the resumed sitting on June 9, 2022, the prosecution witness, Dein Whyte, an operative of the EFCC, who was led in evidence by the EFCC Counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, revealed various messages sent from the defendant’s iPhone to one Raze, who had previously asked for a credit card number and validity date.
He said, “One of our findings from the forensic report shows the exchange of chat messages with several persons when the defendant sent credit card details, including card numbers and expiration dates. Visa card details were one of those sent by the defendant to a certain person known on his contact list as Raze. This message sent Visa Card details to Raze, after which Raze replied that the card was not valid.”
“We were able to establish through investigation the previous messages he sent with a wrong card that was indeed not valid. We then repeated the same process a second time which was now valid.
”Dein also explained that the singer used a multi-lingual browser to access illegal networks.