Thursday, May 16, 2019

Naira Marley may likely face 7 years imprisonment

We brought you reports about how EFCC has slammed 11 charges bordering on Fraud against Rapper, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley. 


According to multiple reports, Marley risks seven years imprisonment if he’s found guilty of credit card fraud, as Section 33 (2) which he’s accused of breaching, reads: “Any person who uses: a counterfeit access device; an unauthorised access device; an access device issued to another person; resulting in a loss or gain commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of not more than seven years or a fine of not more than N5,000,000.00 and forfeiture of the advantage or value derived from his act.




The charges were filed with suit number, FHC/L/178C/19 before a Lagos State High Court.


According to EFCC, some of the credit cards had the names, Nicole Louise Malyon, and Timea Fedorne Tatar.


The alleged crimes were in contravention of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act.


The charges read in part, “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 11th day of December 2018, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired amongst yourselves to use access card 42658840359191132 issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27(1)(b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 33(2) of the Same Act. “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 10th day of May 2019, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud possessed counterfeit card 4921819410257431 issued to Timea FedorneTatar and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 33(9) of Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015.”


The artiste has been enmeshed in controversy in the last one month following his decision to openly support online fraud commonly called ‘Yahoo Yahoo’. He was arrested last Friday along with four others including his bosom friend, Zlatan Ibile.
















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EFCC slams 11(eleven)charges against Naira Marley

After being detained for over a week, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will on Monday formally dock Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, before a Lagos Federal High Court over allegations of card theft and forgery.


In all, the anti-graft agency in the case marked FHC/L/178c/19, has slammed 11-count charge against the musician and his cohorts, many of who are now at large.


Details of the court papers obtained by Vanguard show that most of the charges border on use of forged or stolen access card to obtain money, offences, which are punishable by the Cyber Crimes Prohibition law of Nigeria.




Count One of the charges reads: “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley and Yad Isril (still at large) on or about the 26th day of November 2018, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired among yourselves to use access card No. 5264711020433662 issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27 (1) (b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, ETC) Act, 2015 and punishable under section 32 of the same act.


Count Two reads: “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley and Yad Isril (still at large) on or about the 26th day of November 2018, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court attempted to use card No. 5264711020433662 issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27 (1) (b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, ETC) Act, 2015 and punishable under section 32 of the same act.


Count three says: “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley and Raze (still at large) on or about the 26th day of November 2018, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired among yourselves to use access card No. 42658840359191132 issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27 (1) (b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, ETC) Act, 2015 and punishable under section 32 of the same act.


Count Four reads: “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley and Raze (still at large) on or about the 11th day of December 2018, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court attempted to use card access No. conspired among yourselves to use access card No. 42658840359191132 issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27 (1) (b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, ETC) Act, 2015 and punishable under section 32 of the same act.


Count Five reads: “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley on or about the 10th day of May 2019, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with an intent to defraud, possessed counterfeit card with No. 42658840359191132 issued to another person and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 33 (9) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, ETC) Act, 2015.


Count Six: “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley on or about the 10th day of May 2019, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with an intent to defraud, possessed counterfeit card with No. 5264711020433662 issued to another person and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 33 (9) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, ETC) Act, 2015.


Count Seven: “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley on or about the 10th day of May 2019, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with an intent to defraud, possessed counterfeit card with No. 5573793034017422 issued to another person and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 33 (9) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, ETC) Act, 2015.


Count Eight: “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley on or about the 10th day of May 2019, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with an intent to defraud, possessed counterfeit card with No. 4539782440624281 issued to Nicole Louise Malyon and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 33 (9) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, ETC) Act, 2015.


Count Nine: “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley on or about the 10th day of May 2019, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with an intent to defraud, possessed counterfeit card with No. 4921819410257431 issued to Timea Fedorne Tatar and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 33 (9) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, ETC) Act, 2015.


Count Ten: ““That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley on or about the 10th day of May 2019, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court attempted to retain possession of more than two cards issues in the name of different cardholders and which cards were retained under circumstances which constitute card theft and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27 (1) (a) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, ETC) Act, 2015 and punishable under section 34 of the same act.


Count 11: ““That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley on or about the 10th day of May 2019, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did retain the possession of more than two cards issued in the name of different cardholders and which cards were retained under circumstances which constitute a card theft and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 34 of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, ETC) Act, 2015.


The charge dated May 14, 2019 was personally signed and collected by Naira Marley on May 15, 2019 who is still being detained by the EFCC in Lagos. Naira Marley is very popular among young Nigerian music lovers but was recently arrested by the anti-graft agency for alleged links and tacit support to ‘Yahoo boys’.














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Davido unfollows Zlatan Ibile, delete all post about him.

Davido has unfollowed Rapper, Zlatan Ibileafter his friends and camp called him out for claiming he had a hand in the release of the rapper.


Recall it was reported after Zlatan regained his freedom, that the DMW Boss hired a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) to defend the rapper, and to also get him out of EFCC’s Detention.


After he was released, Davido celebrated the rappers release.. He even took to his page to welcome him ‘home.’




“Zankuu, Free!! People love u sha! Oya go back to making History”




Friends, Family and Management of Zlatan immediately called out Davido. One of which was Aremo Gucci.


Aremo Gucci claimed Davido had no hands in Zlatan’s release, but was Olamide and Burna Boy.


Of course members of Davido’s camp reacted to the claims by Zlatan’s camp.


Angered by all this drama, Davido has now unfollowed Zlatan on Instagram. He also deleted some posts he made for Zlatan.















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Naira Marley borrowed the laptop EFCC found with him that had incriminating evidence_Naira Marley's management

Rapper, Naira Marley’s management after several days of quiet, have finally issued a statement regarding the rapper’s arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.


The statement seen below tends to clarify the singer’s stance and motive behind his new song “Am I A Yahoo Boy”.




“The current situation with Naira Marley is extremely unfortunate. On May 10th, 2019, Naira Marley was arrested in the early early hours of his birthday.


We heard there had been complaints and concerns around his recent comments around cyber crime, Naira did not publicly defend those who commit fraud, he expressed his view on the situation which was simply his opinion in which every human being is entitled to.“


Following on from this, he innocently made a playful, reactive song “am i a yahoo boy?” in response to the growing feed-backs he received. As an artiste, music is Naira’s avenue of expressing himself, the song “am i a yahoo boy?” is a rhetorical question, assuming people would find it humourous as well as be a light-hearted response to those tackling him online.


He is not a yahoo boy! “Naira Marley is a hardworking artiste who has turned his back on crime and focuses solely on music. He’s an artiste, father and most importantly a human being.“He has been making music for a while but recently became popular after the success of “Issa Goal,” a song which celebrated Nigeria and the nation’s contribution in sport.“


Music is his passion, entertainment is his career and the only way he makes his earnings. Naira Marley does not practice fraud neither does he facilitate it.“Naira Marley isn’t just an artiste in the public eye, he is a human being with rights. At present, his basic human and civic rights are being violated. The EFCC are yet to find “hard evidence.”


“His reputation is being tainted and he’s been used as the poster boy for fraud. Cyber-crime is a serious issue in Nigeria and is something the government is actively tackling, as they should, however, their efforts to persecute Naira is based on a cheeky song and questionable items found on a borrowed item isn’t fair.


“Naira Marley was found with an item that does not belong to him. Items retrieved were borrowed so he can upload music, videos and records whilst visiting Nigeria.“Naira does not believe he is above the law, he made a few comments that did not sit well with the authorities and they are using him as a scapegoat to show their strict stance on cyber-crime.




Naira has been in custody for over five days.


Naira Marley is an artiste that speaks for the street, those who do not have a voice, not only in Nigeria but in the UK also. Although his messages may come across misconstrued, he loves his country, he cares for his people and wants people to feel free and happy when they listen to his music.


We are all entitled to freedom of speech and to express ourselves creatively. No one should be penalized for it even when it’s a controversial topic. The real criminals of Nigeria should be the focus and not an individual who is bringing positive attention to Nigerian music and culture internationally.


Our lawyers are working diligently to prove his innocence and have him set free. there is a lot of false information circulating around and we have released this statement to set the records straight.


However, the EFCC are still investigating. This is a very sensitive topic and a public case. We ask that the media report accurately as false claims can harm his reputation and livelihood.


Thanks to everyone for their continued support, to the Marlians, Naira is lucky to have you, please continue to show your support for him. We hope to have this situation resolved and Naira is released soon.


Kind regards, management.”













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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

EFCC finaly speaks on the release of Zlatan Ibile and three others.Meanwhile Reasons Naira Marley has not been released is stated below .

The Economic Financial Crimes Commision, EFCC has finally reacted to the release of Zlatan Ibile and three others, while Naira Marley remains in custody.

EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade confirmed to Premium Times that three suspects were released on administrative bail, while the fourth suspect, Naira Marley still remains in custody.




“There is overwhelming evidence against Naira Marley; so we can’t afford to release him on administrative bail like Zlatan and the three others.


“That Zlatan has been released does not mean they have been discharged and acquitted. Naira Marley is still in our custody and will be charged to court soon and we will make the charges known in an official statement soon.”


It has also been reported that Davido facilitated Zlatan’s release by allegedly hiring a Senior Advocate of Nigeria who helped in securing the bail of the singer.


The EFCC, however, said such report is not true.


Zlatan was released alongside his crew members, Tiamiu Abdulrahman Kayode, Adewunmi Adeyanju Moses and Abubakar Musa.




Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael (aka Zlatan), launched his career in 2017. He is best known for his hit song, “My Body” and the “Shaku Shaku” dance step. He became famous in January 2019, after he featured on Davido’s song titled ‘bum bum’.


Naira Marley, on the other hand, is controversial for repeatedly praising internet fraudsters, popularly called Yahoo boys, in his songs and on social media.


The EFCC last year launched Operation Cyber Storm to curb the activities of internet fraudsters.


Over 150 suspects have been reportedly arrested across the country.












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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Davido celebrates Zlatan Ibile release from EFCC Custody



Nigerian indigenous rapper, Zlatan Ibileregained his freedom, almost a week after he was arrested alongside his colleague, rapper, Naira Marley and 3 others.



All five were arrested over their alleged involvement with cyber crime – while Naira Marley is still in custody, allegedly due to some incriminating items found inside his laptop, Zlatan Ibile, Rahman Jago and two others person were freed on “bail”.

According to sources, their freedom comes after the intervention of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria that Davido hired for them, but they still have to report at the EFCC’s office, daily, till the end of the saga.



In light of this, Zlatan’s saviour, Davido took to his gram to celebrate his release. Sharing a photo of the rapper, he wrote,

Zankuuu Free ! People love u sha! Oya go back to making History ❤️ @zlatan_ibile










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Zlatan_Ibile regains freedon,Naira Marley remains in EFCC custody

Indigenous Nigerian Rapper, Zlatan Ibile has regained his freedom.

Zlatan was yesterday, released after 5-days in EFCC custody, following his arrest alongside fellow rappers, Naira Marley, Rahman Jago and two others, over an alleged involvement in Cybercrime.




Zlatan was released alongside two others, his personal assistant, Rahman Jago and Houseboy, Guccy Branch.


According to multiple reports, Naira Marley was further detained after the commission allegedly found some incriminating items in his phone and laptop.


IB9ja reports that Zlatan Ibile, Rahman Jago and two others person were freed on “bail” following the intervention of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria allegedly hired by Davido.




At the moment, EFCC is yet to give full details of Zlatan’s release and Naira Marley’s continued detention.








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Breaking:Senate threatens to shut down bet9ja




Senate has on Tuesday, threatened to shutdown popular betting venture, bet9ja officers, if the company fails to honor its invitation for a second time. Vanguard reports.

While speaking on Tuesday, in Abuja, during the verification of Lotto companies with license to operate in Nigeria, Chairman, Senate committee on youth and sport, Senator Obinna Ogba, PDP, Ebonyi, who noted that it was unfortunate that Bet9a refused to honour their invitation, said,

“Clerk, write to Bet9ja again. If they did not honour your our invitation again, we will ask the National Lottery Commission to seal their offices.” Senator Ogba who noted that the Senate was making efforts to assist the lottery commission to generate money for the federal government, said,” We wanted to see bet9ja. They can’t runaway,”

According to Senator Ogba, their verification followed series of complains against the betting companies, adding that some do not even have offices while others have not been making remittances to the government.

He said that while verifying, about 20 betting companies that honoured Senate invitation, “some got the licenses but they are not operating. The new regulation only give them one year to start operations,”

     






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