The prosecution on Wednesday, tendered as exhibit before a federal high court Lagos, an iPhone and laptop belonging to Azeez Fashola, Nigerian singer better known as Naira Marley, facing fraud charges.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had preferred an 11-count charge against the musician bordering on conspiracy, possession of counterfeit credit cards, and fraud.
Also mentioned in the charge is one Yad Isril, who is said to still be at large.
The singer was arraigned on May 20, before Nicholas Oweibo, the presiding judge, but he denied the charges.
Following a bail application by Olalekan Ojo, defence counsel, the court had granted Fashola bail in the sum of N2 million with sureties in like sum.
When the trial resumed on Wednesday, Nuru Buhari, an investigator with the EFCC, narrated how the commission retrieved “damning evidence of credit card fraud from Naira Marley’s iPhone and laptop.”
Buhari told the court that he works in the EFCC’s forensic department.
He said that an analysis of Marley’s laptop showed that he frequented top five most-visited websites which dealt in buying and selling stolen credit cards.
Responding to questions from Rotimi Oyedepo, the prosecutor, the witness said that during analysis, the cache file and history file revealed that the most frequently visited sites by the user of the computer included:
“arder007.org, Zuni.sa, nationwidecheckbalance.co.uk, ferunshop.net AMD cocoa.co.uk,”
According to him, 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, whereas web 3 is an online website designed for UK cardholders to check their balance wherever they are around the world,” he said.
“Web 4 is a dark web meaning an underground tunnel on the Internet where stolen credit card information is sold and traded, web 5 is an online shopping mall where members are given discounts for shopping from certain shops.”
The witness told the court that his team also found a file named, Select BIN 101.txt and .txt., and after opening the file they discovered it contained “stolen credit card information with a special status that allows transaction up to 12,000 dollars without a pin or physical card.”
“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,” he said
He said that analysis of installed apps on Marley’s laptop showed that two of them, “IP VANISH and TOR Browser”, enabled the owner of the computer to disguise his identity and location.
“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,” he said.
“The IP VANISH is a virtual private network, which provides that the actual computer and location of usage cannot be identified. It also gives the user the ability to change their location.”
According to the charge, the defendant allegedly committed the offences on different dates between November 26, 2018, December 11, 2018, and May 10.
The charge alleges that Fashola and his accomplices conspired to use different Access Bank ATM cards to defraud their victims.
It said that the defendant allegedly used Access card number 5264711020433662 issued to another person, in a bid to obtain fraudulent financial gains.
He was said to have possessed these counterfeit credit cards, belonging to different cardholders, with intent to defraud, which also amounted to theft.
The offences contravenes the provisions of Section 1, 23 (1) (b), 27 (1}, 33, 33(9) Cyber Crime (Prohibition) Prevention Act, 2015.
The judge adjourned the case till October 24 for the continuation of hearing.