Justice Nicolas Oweibo of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday adjourned the ongoing trial of the embattled musicians Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, till February 27 after the first prosecution witness, Nuru Buhari concluded his testimony.
Buhari, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), told Justice Oweibo that the laptop retrieved from the musician during investigation does not show whether it was used for crime or not.
Buhari stated this while been cross exermined by Naira Marley’s counsel, Olalekan Ojo (SAN).
When asked by the lawyer how he accessed the Laptop without the owner’s password, Buhari said that as a cyber crime hacker he doesn’t need to know the password of any computer before he can access it, because it is part of his training.
Ojo also asked the EFCC witness, if he remembered manufacturing date of the laptop which Buhari answered in the negative.
In a bid for EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo to asked his witness to clarify the position of what he mean by not knowing when the laptop which have been tendered in evidence as exhibit P1 was made, was overruled by the trial judge.
Naira Marley popular for his “Am I a Yahoo Boy” and “Soapy” tracks, is being prosecuted by the EFCC on an 11-count charge of conspiracy, possession of counterfeit cards and fraud.
His co-defendant is one Yad Isril, who is said to still be at large.
Naira Marley was arrested by the anti-graft agency, EFCC, for alleged internet fraud.
Naira Marley was arraigned on May 20, 2019 and pleaded not guilty to all 11 counts.
He was also granted bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in like sum.
According to the charge, the defendant committed the offences on different dates, November 26, 2018, December 11, 2018, and May 10.
Naira Marley and his accomplices allegedly conspired to use different Access Bank ATM Cards to defraud their victims.
They allegedly used Access Card number 5264711020433662 issued to other persons, in a bid to obtain fraudulent financial gains.
Naira Marley was said to have possessed these counterfeit credit cards, belonging to different cardholders, with intent to defraud, and which also constituted theft.
The offences contravene the provisions of Section 1 23 (1) (b), 27 (1}, 33, 33(9) Cyber Crime (Prohibition) Prevention Act, 2015.