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Naira Marley in Hot Water as Visa Exposes His Credit Card Fraud

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Nigerian singer, Naira Marley, is facing serious charges of conspiracy and credit card fraud, as a witness from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) revealed how Visa, a card payment platform, detected fraudulent transactions linked to one of the credit card details found on the singer’s device.

The witness, Dein Whyte, an investigator with the EFCC, testified before Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Thursday. He said that forensic analysis showed that the singer’s device contained malicious programmes used to illegally obtain credit card information, as well as tools that disguised his active location when connected to the internet. He also said that the device had websites where credit card information is traded illegally.

Whyte said that both the phone and laptop recovered from Naira Marley were registered with his name and email address, and that he exchanged credit card details with other individuals. He said that one of the cards found on his device had been flagged by Visa for fraudulent transactions, but Visa did not directly link the fraud to the singer’s device.

The defence counsel, Olalekan Ojo, SAN, cross-examined the witness and asked him to confirm that Visa is a payment platform, not a telecommunication company. The witness agreed.

The trial was adjourned to March 6 and 7, 2024, for continuation.

Naira Marley is one of the most popular and controversial musicians in Nigeria, known for his catchy songs and provocative lyrics. He has a large fan base, called Marlians, who support him despite his legal troubles. He has also been accused of promoting immorality and glorifying cybercrime in his songs.

The singer is not the only Nigerian celebrity who has been involved in credit card fraud cases. In 2019, another singer, Dammy Krane, was arrested in the US for allegedly using stolen credit cards to book a private jet. He was later acquitted of the charges. In 2020, a popular social media influencer, Ramon Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, was arrested in Dubai for allegedly being part of a global cybercrime network that defrauded millions of dollars from unsuspecting victims.

Credit card fraud is a serious crime that affects millions of people around the world. According to the Nigerian Inter-Bank Settlement System, the country recorded over 41,000 cases of fraud and forgeries, involving over 5 billion naira, in the first half of 2020. The EFCC has been working hard to combat this menace and bring the perpetrators to justice.

However, there is also hope that the Nigerian entertainment industry can produce more positive role models who can inspire the youth to pursue their dreams without resorting to illegal means. There are many talented and successful artists who have made a name for themselves through hard work, creativity, and integrity. They have also used their platforms to raise awareness and support various social causes, such as education, health, and human rights. These are the true stars that deserve our admiration and respect.

Source: Punch

 

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