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How Visa flagged Naira Marley’s credit card for fraud – Witness tells court

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How Visa flagged Naira Marley’s credit card for fraud – Witness tells court

The 10th prosecution witness, PW10, in the trial of Nigerian singer, Azeez Fashola, (a.k.a Naira Marley), Dein Whyte, an investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, November 30, 2023, told Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos how Visa, a card payment platform, flagged one of the credit card details found on a device belonging to the singer, due to fraudulent transactions.

Naira Marley is standing trial on 11-count charges bordering on conspiracy and credit card fraud brought against him by the EFCC.

Led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Bilikisu Buhari, the PW10 said: “As part of the findings from the investigation, forensic analysis revealed that malicious programmes that are being used to illegally obtain credit card information, which can be used for card non-present transactions, were found on the device that was recovered from the defendant upon his arrest.

“Also revealed were malicious tools used to disguise the active location of an internet user when his or her devices are connected to the internet”.

A statement issued by the EFCC said Whyte also disclosed that, “tools that are used to verify the validity, active state and accuracy of credit card credentials as well as the region of the issuer of that card were discovered on the defendant’s device. The analysis further revealed the website that had been accessed on the computer of the defendant through his browser history. The websites include sites where credit card information are illegally traded.”

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He explained further that the phone and the laptop recovered from the defendant were both registered with his credentials, name and email address. When asked by the prosecution counsel to state the result of his findings on the credit card details on the defendant’s device, Whyte responded, “With respect to the card details recovered from the device of the defendant, investigations revealed that he also exchanged those details with other persons.

He further stated that one of the cards was reported to have been fraudulently used for a transaction by Visa.

According to him, the card details that were in possession of the defendant’s device neither belonged to him nor were issued to him by any financial institution.

Under cross-examination by the defendant’s counsel, Olalekan Ojo, SAN, Whyte informed the court that a letter of investigation was written to Visa and that it confirmed that the card had been flagged for fraudulent transactions.

He, however, said that Visa did not link the credit card fraud to the defendant’s device “because the investigation was on the card and not on the device being used for the fraud.”

He also stressed that Visa is a payment platform and not a telecommunication company.

Justice Oweibo adjourned the case to March 6 and 7, 2024 for continuation of trial.

How Visa flagged Naira Marley’s credit card for fraud – Witness tells court

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I can buy, marry you – Portable blasts Laide Bakare for tagging him ‘dirty boy’

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I can buy, marry you – Portable blasts Laide Bakare for tagging him ‘dirty boy’

Controversial singer, rapper, and songwriter Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable, has fired back at actress Laide Bakare after she referred to him as a “dirty boy from Sango.”

Portable asserted his wealth, suggesting he could afford to marry her.

Laide, during an interview with Talk to B, referred to Portable as a dirty boy while discussing sensitive and personal topics, following some vulgar statements the singer made on her media page.

She was asked personal questions, including the controversy surrounding her child being claimed by two individuals alleging to be the child’s father.

In response, she stated: “That’s where Wahala started. When I finished my house in Lekki, I sent out invitations. I saw it, they saw it, no response at all.

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“I told them, ‘You’re not okay.’ I sent invitations to you, and you didn’t even say anything. So, when I now got my vehicle, a person commented under my post, saying, ‘Sorry rich woman.”

The actress added that Portable was the one who commented so she went on to abuse and insult him, calling him “a dirty mad boy from Sango.”

In a subsequent video, Portable responded, emphasising that Bakare had earlier stated that if her husband cheats, she’ll cheat as well.

Consequently, he cautioned her against associating with his wife, saying that her influence might hurt his wife

Portable stated: “No be you do interview say if your husband cheats, you go cheat. Due to this, I messaged and asked that you shouldn’t associate with my wife, who is an actress.”

“Because you’re unfortunate, you might advise her to cheat as well.”

Regarding Bakare’s comment about him being a dirty boy, Portable said: “You called me a dirty boy, but I can buy and marry you. Who is your husband? Tell me your husband.”

I can buy, marry you – Portable blasts Laide Bakare for tagging him ‘dirty boy’

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Alleged breach of contract: Court declines Davido’s application for stay of proceedings

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Alleged breach of contract: Court declines Davido’s application for stay of proceedings

A Delta State High Court sitting in Effurun has refused the application by Nigerian-American singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, seeking a stay of proceedings in the N2 billion suit filed against him by Brownhill Investment Company Limited over the annual ‘Warri Again Concert’

The claimant, in the suit, is praying the court to award N2 billion as general damages against Davido.
Besides, the claimant is praying to the court for N150 million as legal and professional fees and an additional N30 million as the cost of filing the suit.

Defendants in the suit are David Adeleke a.k.a “Davido,” and his music label, Davido Music Worldwide Limited.
At the hearing in the matter, Davido’s counsel, Mr Norrison Quakers, SAN, informed the court that there was a pending appeal and that the defendants had filed a motion for a stay of proceedings.
Quakers further told the court that the defendants had been served with a copy of the claimant’s counter affidavit to the said motion for stay.

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However, he applied to withdraw the motion and submitted that the Court of Appeal had become seized with authority over the proceedings pending before the lower court.

Claimant counsel, Kelechi Onwuegbuchulem, did not oppose the application to withdraw the motion and the court granted the same according.

The court in a bench ruling upheld the claimant’s argument and held that until an order staying further proceedings is obtained from the Court of Appeal, the High Court will continue with proceedings in the case.

The court also granted the motion on notice seeking to regularise the claimant’s reply to the statement of defence and directed that Pre-Trial Conference, PTC, forms be filed within 14 days in line with the rules of the court. The court adjourned the case to March 21, 2024, for a pre-trial conference.

Recall that Davido had, in his preliminary objection challenged the jurisdiction of the court, because the case ought not to take place in Effurun

But the court in its ruling dismissed the preliminary objection.

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Davido, DAF announce N300 million giveaway

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Davido, DAF announce N300 million giveaway

Afrobeats sensation David Adeleke, widely known as Davido, has committed to donating N300 million to various orphanages across the nation.

The announcement was made through his social media channels on Tuesday, February 20, continuing a tradition he started several years ago.

Davido emphasized the importance of giving back to the community, particularly during a period when Nigerians are facing challenges such as increased food and petrol prices. He reiterated his dedication to supporting orphanages and vulnerable groups in the country.

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In previous years, Davido has been proactive in his philanthropic endeavors. Last year, he generously distributed N237 million to numerous orphanages, and in October 2022, he donated N250 million to support 292 orphanages nationwide.

The donation will be facilitated through The David Adeleke Foundation (DAF), ensuring that the funds reach those in need. Davido expressed his commitment to transparency, promising to provide detailed information about the disbursement process. He stated, “I and my foundation pledge the sum of 300 million Naira to orphanages around Nigeria … as my yearly contribution to the nation. Details of disbursement tomorrow.”

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