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“Several credit card numbers extracted from Naira Marley’s iPhone” – EFCC

The trial of Nigerian music star Azeez Fashola, better known as Naira Marley, on 11 counts of conspiracy, possession of counterfeit cards, and fraud continued on Tuesday, October 26 at the Federal High Court in Lagos.

The anti-graft agency had charged Naira Marley, the singer of the hit song “Am I a Yahoo Boy,” before the Federal High Court in Lagos.

According to the agency, the crimes were conducted on various days between November 26, 2018, and December 11, 2018, as well as on May 10, 2019.

The EFCC said that Naira Marley and his associates planned to swindle their victims by using several ATM cards.

On Tuesday, October 26, 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) after he was led in evidence by the prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo.

Anosike revealed how about 2,410 short messages were analysed from the iPhone of the defendant while also stating that different credit card numbers were extracted from the iPhone.

According to the witness, 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.

The witness said 977 Short Message Service (SMS) and 1,433 chat messages, were discovered in the witness’ iPhone while adding that there were also seven pending status update messages.

The witness also read out some credit card numbers and messages sent from the iPhone on different dates and times, as well as OTP codes sent.

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