Naira Marley’s Case Still in Court Over Alleged Cyber Fraud

Niara Marley Alleged Fraud case

On may 10 2019, The Economic and Financial Crime Commision(EFCC) arrested two fast-rising Musicians in Nigeria. Afeez Fashola (aka Naira Marley) and Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael (aka Zlatan) were arrested in connection with alleged case of internet fraud and money laundering. Intelligemt report also liked them to cybercrime offences. “They were arrested along with Tiamiyu Abdulrahman Kayode, Adewunmi Adeyanju Moses and Abubakar Musa.

Sahara reporters reported that the two artistes(Naira Marley and Zlatan) are also under the agency’s investigation for songs and comments glorifying cybercrime; most recently “am i a yahoo boy?”

At the point of arrest, the commission found and recovered a number of items, including laptops, from the suspects.

Zlatan and others arrested were later released while Naira Marley was retained at the EFCC custody.

Some of the counts in the charges filed against Naira Marley includes, “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 11th day of December 2018, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired amongst yourselves to use Access card 42658840359191132 issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain and you thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 27(1)(b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 33(2) of the Same Act.

“That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 10th day of May 2019, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, with intent to defraud possessed, counterfeit card 4921819410257431 issued to Timea Fedorne Tatar and you thereby committed an offense contrary to and punishable under Section 33(9) of Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act 2015.”

The charges with suit number FHC/L/178C/19 was filed before a Lagos State High Court. On Monday, May 20, 2019, the musician was arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos, where he was charged with an 11 count charge. He, however, pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court in Lagos  ordered that  Azeez Fashola, alias Naira Marley, be remanded in the prison custody.

On May 30, he was granted bail, and the trial was set to begin on October 22.

On Tuesday , October 22,2019  Naira Marley’s Trial was stalled as defense demanded more document  according to the twitter post by the official handle of the EFCC

Naira Marley Arrest

According to The Nation,

On wednesday, EFCC’s forensics expert – Mr Nuru Buhari testified  as the EFCC’s first prosecution witness in Marley’s alleged card fraud trial which began on Tuesday.

The witness, who was led in evidence by EFCC counsel Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, alleged that apart from the stolen information, the website visit history recovered from the device showed that the top five most visited sites dealt with buying and selling of stolen credit card information.

Buhari said: “During analysis, the cache file and history file revealed that the most frequently visited sites by the user of the computer includes,,, AMD”

“Analysis of the websites revealed that web 1 is where stolen card information is 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 an 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,”

Buhari also informed the court while being led by EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, that stolen credit card information with a 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.

He said they 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. ”

“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.

During the course of the examination, Mr Oyedepo tendered the request for the analysis of Apple MacBook pro and an iPhone labelled by the court as exhibit A and B, a MacBook pro and an iPhone allegedly confiscated from the defendant, which was labelled exhibit C and D, and the forensic laboratory report prepared by Mr Buhari labelled exhibit E.

In requesting an adjournment for the purpose of cross-examining the witness, Olalekan Ojo, counsel to the defendant informed the court that most of the statements made by the witness are not in the documents provided by the prosecution. He said the defence is just hearing them for the first time and would need to closely review the statements before cross-examining the witness.

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

Cross examination of the prosecution has been adjourned to December 11 and 12 .Read More

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