Nigeria

Cybercrime: EFCC displays CD ‘detailing’ content of Naira Marley’s phone

A Tinubu Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State has ordered Adeyemi Fashola, aka as Naira Marley, to appear on January 14, 2020 for arraignment for alleged car theft.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday displayed virtual projection of a Compact Disc (CD) with 51,933 pages analysis of the iPhone of Azeez Fashola a.k.a Naira Marley before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos

The EFCC projected the virtual Compact Disc through its second witness, Mr. Augustine Anosike, a forensic analyst while being led in evidence in the trial of the Naira Marley, who is facing an 11 counts charge, bordering on conspiracy, possession of counterfeit credit cards as well as fraud.

EFCC had preferred the charges against the defendant on May 14, 2019.

Fashola, who sang the popular song: “Am I a Yahoo Boy” was consequently arraigned on May 20, 2019 before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, but he pleaded not guilty.

The court had accordingly, granted him bail in the sum of N2 million, with two sureties in like sum.

Trial had since commenced in the case and the second prosecution witness who began his testimony shortly before the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, continued his evidence on Wednesday.

Recall that the witness who resumed his testimony on October 26 concluded his evidence after the virtual display.

The prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, told the court Wednesday that the prosecution only printed out hard copies of relevant portions of the exhibit, which it considered key to its case.

He had told the court that a full version of the total analysis was contained in a CD.

The printed copies of the exhibit is labeled Exhibit F while the CD containing full analysis is Exhibit F1

The court had granted prosecution leave to display the CD in a projector in order to discharge its burden of proof as required by law.

Also on the last adjourned date, the witness had narrated, how different text messages and chats containing credit card details, were exchanged between the defendant, and another recipient identified as Yadd.

When trial resumed Wednesday, the witness, again reiterated portions of his earlier testimonies of October 26, and indicated the visual spots of those testimonies, on the screen of the projected CD.

The witness typically identified the “message trafficking” between the numbers +447426343432 and +447548061528.

On the whole, he told the court that the CD contained a total of 51,933 pages of the analysis conducted on the defendant device.

After the CD was displayed for about 45 minutes, the prosecutor then asked the witness to confirm if exhibits A and D, were vital elements of his analysis, and he replied in the affirmative, saying Exhibit A is the Foresnsic Report Form, while exhibit D is the iPhone of the defendant.

During cross examination, defence counsel, Mr. Olalekan Ojo (SAN), first sought leave of court to apply for a variation of its order and prayed that the court takes custody of the iPhone of the defendant which had been in custody of the prosecution.

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