Trial of the pioneer of AfroBashment, Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley, on an 11-count charge of conspiracy, possession of counterfeit cards and fraud, commenced on Wednesday at the Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos with the testimony of the first prosecution witness, Nuru Buhari.
Mr. Buhari introduced himself as the Head of the Forensic Department at the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Buhari also informed that he had, on various occasions, trained and mentored with the South Korean police department and the FBI respectively.
In his testimony before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, the forensic expert testified that various stolen credit cards information was retrieved from the musicians’ laptop. Apart from the stolen credit cards information, website visit history recovered from the device showed that the top five most visited sites dealt with buying and selling stolen credit card information
According to him, “during analysis, the cache file and history file revealed that the most frequently visited sites by the user of the computer include arder007.org, Zuni.sa, nationwidecheckbalance.co.uk, ferunshop.net, and cocoa.co.uk.
“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, web 3 is an online website designed for UK cardholders 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 is sold and traded, web 5 is an online shopping mall where members are given discounts for shopping from certain shops. ”
In answer to questions from the EFCC Counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, the witness also told the court that stolen credit card information with a special status that allows transactions up-to $12,000 without a pin or physical card was found in a file named “select BIN 101.txt and .txt.”
“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. ”
“The second file is named selected BIN101.txt containing Bank Identification Number of European, American and Latin American banks.
“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.
“We identified that certain banks in the US, Europe, and Asia with certain peculiarities, these are banks that they issue credit cards without pins based on the high level of trust, they allow a transaction of up to $12,000 in a swipe on POS.
“Cards issued by those banks are card not required. All you need to execute a transaction is the card number and the CVV number. ”
Mr. Buhari further added that suspicious apps that are mostly used by people with shady deals on the internet were found on the laptop.
“We analysed installed apps on the laptop and we found two apps that enable 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. ”
Mr. Buhari disclosed that an analysis of the administrator account on the laptop revealed that the admin is one Naira Marley and the account was connected to his iCloud account.
The EFCC counsel has tendered in evidence, the request made by the commission for the analysis of the apple laptop mac book pro and an iPhone allegedly confiscated from the defendant. The court admitted them in evidence along with the forensic laboratory report which was prepared by Mr. Buhari, the witness.
Counsel to the defendant, Olalekan Ojo (SAN) has however asked the court for an adjournment.
The counsel told the court that most of the statements made by the witness was not contained in the witness statements made available to him by the prosecution and he was just hearing the evidence for the first time.
He, therefore, asked the court to grant the adjournment to enable him to closely review the testimony before cross-examining the witness.
Justice Oweibo has, however adjourned till tomorrow, 24th October for cross-examination of the witness.
PHOTOS: Odebunmi facilitates film making training for constituents
The lawmaker representing Ogo Oluwa/ Surulere Federal Constituency, Hon. Segun Dokun Odebunmi has facilitated an empowerment training program for members of his Constituency on Film Making and Cinematography for self reliance.
Odebunmi, who also chairs the House Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values on Thursday informed that the training was part of his quest for human development.
Remarking, the lawmaker justified the training as one of the ways of encouraging the youths to think out of the box and make use of the technology advancement to create another source of income.
” I grew up in this community and I know what majority of our people are passing through especially now that the economy of the world is being challenged, people need multiple streams of income and I am making use of every opportunity to assist my people by training them on how to make use of their talents and make more money through entertainment”, he said.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly for the opportunity, urging the participants to take the advantage to better their lots .
The lead speaker, Mr Maruff Ajibolu charged participants to take full compliment of the training as Nigeria’s creative industries are slowly breaking new grounds and currently recognised as among the biggest globally. This he noted led to its marking as a priority sector in the FGN’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan with a very high projected income over the coming years and also led the Federal government to grant most segments within the creative industries including Nollywood conditional access to pioneer status incentives which include holidays from the payment of companies’ income taxes as well as withholding tax on dividends from pioneer profits for an initial period of three years.
Also remarking, a key player in the creative industry, Mr. Muyiwa Ademola also harped on the huge potential subsumed in cinematography and film making. The Nollywood star further noted that the event was a rare opportunity, because it has always been either FG , CBN and World bank projects.
“It was designed to help people discover their talents and passion with the intent of turning it into a source of income”, Ademola added.
The training which took place concurrently at Resource Centre, Igbo-Ile Surulere LG and Ajaawa Town Hall, Ajaawa, Ogo-Oluwa LG, had other notable speakers which included, Mr Yemi Ogunyemi, Mr Ojo Oluwatona.
At 90, I can’t venture into acting again – Iya Osogbo
Veteran Yoruba actress, Madam Grace Owoola Oyin-Adejobi, popularly known as Iya Osogbo on Tuesday said that she would never venture into the business of acting again in her life.
She also spoke for the first time about the day an excited fan nearly ran her into a gutter with her jeep vehicle on her way to the office of one of her children in Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State.
According to her, this experience has remained indelible in her memory because her thought was that the day was going to be her last on planet earth, except in the end it did not turn out as she feared initially.
“The fan eventually came down from her car to let me know that she merely wanted to exchange greetings with me. She later enveloped ten thousand naira and dashed me.”
Iya Osogbo who was the wife of the late versatile actor in the Yoruba genre, Chief Oyin Adejobi made these revelations while featuring on Parrot Xtra Hour on Radio anchored by Olayinka Agboola in Ibadan.
The veteran actress added that she started her acting career some 67 years ago and she also mentioned that she had already made her name before she acted in the film titled “Eran Iya Osogbo” thereby correcting the erroneous belief her admirers had held before now.
She said that unlike now when acting has become not only the in-thing and profitable, in her time, parents frowned at people, especially women who ventured into the profession as they were generally regarded as unserious types and therefore wayward.
Madam Oyin-Adejobi expressed her displeasure over the near-nudity being practiced by actresses in Nigeria, advising them not to be deceived by the pleasures of the world but to believe that they can succeed through dint of hard work and the grace of God.
On how she met her late husband, Oyin Adejobi who died in the year 2000, she said that both of them went to the same school and were also living on the same street, saying that right from the start of his career, he was never under a boss.
She said that apart from the death of her husband, the lowest point for her life was when her fourth child, a female died .
“It took me a long time to recover from that experience”, she said.
However, her happiest moment was when she gave birth to her first child, a boy in 1954.
Iya Osogbo narrated further that whenever their theater group went to stage plays or was showing a film in a cinema house, she was the one who used to sell ticket unmindful of what some miscreants might do, “as I know that they all love me adding that it was at Jebba that we raised the gate fee of our shows to twenty Kobo which had a lot of value unlike what obtains nowadays where the value of money is nothing to write home about”.
She admonished younger generation of Nigerians on the need to work hard and be focused.
“I got to attain this age because of God’s mercy. In addition, the Almighty also gave me the wisdom of preserving my body and being moderate in all I have been doing. Our youths should emulate this too. They should learn to be God fearing too.”
Iya Osogbo, who featured prominently in productions like Orogun Adedigba, Kuye, Kootu Ashipa and others will officially turn 90 on Sunday. She equally announced that there will be no formal event to mark the occasion.
She added , “All my admirers including colleagues and family members have agreed to postpone whatever plan they have to celebrate my 90th birthday because we must obey NCDC’s COVID-19 prevention rules.”
Burna Boy Unveils New Album ‘Twice As Tall’
Nigerian Grammy-nominated Damini Ogulu professionally known as ‘ Burna Boy’ has released a fresh album, titled “Twice As Tall, ” a follow-up to his 2019 album, “African Giant.”
The 15-track album released on Thursday, featured Senegalese artist, Youssou N’Dour, O.G, Chris Martin, U.K. rapper Stormzy, afro-pop band Sauti Sol among others.
According to Burna Boy, the “Twice As Tall” album is “a journey through a bunch of emotions and energies at different points in time. It has now morphed into something bigger than me. It serves as a bridge for mankind to show that we’re all different but still very much the same.”
In a post on his Instagram page following the release of the new album, the artist commended those who played significant roles in the success of the project, saying he is grateful for the “unreal talents” that went into the production.
The post reads, “I’m grateful for the unreal talents that came together from ALL over the world to pull this off
“Shout out to the OG @diddy for coming on board and sprinkling his own unique spice on this! I hope I’m able to spark something in you when you listen.”
Burna’s new album was produced by Diddy, Bose Ogulu and the afro-pop fusion singer himself.
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