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2,410 Short Message, Multiple Credit Card Numbers Extracted From Naira Marley’s Phone – Witness

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A forensic expert with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Augustine Anosike,  has  narrated how 2,410 short messages were extracted and analysed from the iPhone belonging to Nigerian musician, Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley.

Anosike,  who is a second prosecution witness (PW2) of the EFCC in the case between the Commission and Naira Marley, told a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Tuesday that messages and credit card numbers were extracted from the phone of Naira Marley.

The anti-graft agency had on May 14, 2019, preferred an 11-count charge bordering on conspiracy, possession of counterfeit credit cards and fraud, against Naira Marley.

He was consequently arraigned on May 20, 2019 before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, but he pleaded not guilty.

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

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

At the resumed sitting on Tuesday,  led in evidence by the prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, who examined him on exhibit F,  Anosike told the court presided over by Justice Nicholas Oweibo, 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, naimarley@icloud.com.

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