The trial of the Nigerian musician Azeez Fashola who is popularly known as Naira Marley was resumed on Tuesday, October 26 at the Federal High Court in Lagos.
Naira Marley was arraigned by the EFCC on an 11 count charged bordering on conspiracy, possession of counterfeit credit cards and fraud on May 20, 2019 but pleaded not guilty and so was granted bail.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC alleged that some of the credit cards discovered in the singer’s residence were of Nicole Louise Malyon and Timea Fedorne Tatar.
The second prosecution witness who began his testimony before the COVID 19 lockdown in 2020, resumed his evidence today.
Anosike informed the court that a total of 2410 messages was analyzed from Naira Marley’s phone and some credit card numbers were extracted.
He told the court that Exhibit F was a conclusion of his analysis of the defendant’s iPhone X version 10.6 model A 1901, with number 07427343432 and an email, email@example.com.
He also gave the IMEL number of the iPhone as: 35304509527532 as well as the SIM ICCID number as 8923420035948359826.
He told prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, that the Apple iPhone is a sophisticated device capable of storing a large volume of information and that it is the sim card that basically identifies users of applications such as WhatsApp.
The witness noted that there are cases where a WhatsApp application can still be used even though the registered sim card is not inserted in the phone, he also added that the chatting app used in the analysed device was WhatsApp.
He also told the court that from the iPhone analyzed, they discovered a total of 977 Short Message Service (SMS) and 1433 chat messages, adding that there were also seven pending status update messages.
The witness also told the court that on NOvember 26, 2018 that there was an outgoing message registered at about 3:32 p.m with a credit card number 5264711020433662.
“This message was sent to one Yadd. On December 11, 2018, there was an incoming message to the defendant’s device which read: “Your One Time Passcode (OTP) to verify your mobile number is 248716; wasn’t you, please call us on 63450808500.”
According to Dailypost, Anosike disclosed that another message was sent at 5.06pm by one Hiya Bayi to a recipient with the name Raze on the same say.
“The content was another credit card number 42658840359132. The number of the sender is +447426343432, while that of the receiver is +447365280441.
“The incoming message reflected at 6.18p.m. showed “Not recognized”. Other messages received on the same date include:” due to try in 20 minutes,” he added.
The EFCC witness informed the court that another incoming message on December 12, 2018 at 10.16pm read: “Tried and it was unsuccessful; sure you are not rinsing it out then giving it to me to try.”
Anosike confirmed that all analysed texts were contained in a Compact Disc (CD); that the prosecution only printed out those portions it considered material to its case.
The expert asked the court and the defence counsel, Olalekan Ojo (SAN) if the prosecution could bring a projector to play the CD in the open court.
Justice Oweibo granted his prayer; Ojo did not raise an objection to the request.
The matter was adjourned to October 27, 2021, for the prosecution to play the CD on a projector.