The Commission for Economic and Financial Crime has Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. written to provide it with details on credit cards used by musician Azeez Fashola, commonly known as Naira Marley.
The commission said the cards recovered during the arrest of the artist were used for alleged identity theft and credit card fraud. According to the court papers obtained by Punch, the EFCC’s letters to Visa and Mastercard – entitled “Investigation activities” – dated May 13, 2019, three days after Naira Marley was arrested.
The letters were signed by Zonal Head, EFCC, Lagos, Dein Whyte. “The commission is investigating a case of identity theft and electronic card-related fraud in which ticket information was investigated during investigation.” EFCC’s letter to Visa and Mastercard partially read.
In the letter to Visa, the commission asked the company to provide information on the last five transactions on each of three Visa cards recovered from Naira Marley. The first card with number 4921819410257431 was issued by Lloyds Bank Plc and named Timea Fedorne Tatar. The second card, number 4539782440624281, was issued by Barclays Bank Plc and named Nicole Louise Maylon, while the third card with number 4757147207869807 was issued by Santander UK Plc and named Sharon Broad.
Similarly, in the EFCC’s letter to the commission, the commission asked Mastercard to provide the company with information on the last five transactions on a Mastercard card that was recovered from the musician. The card with number 5354631405139323 was issued by Prepay Technologies Ltd and named Linh H. Mendez Rojas.
Naira Marley was arrested on May 10 at 9 Gbangbala Street, Ikate, Lekki, Lagos, along with Omomniyi Temidayo (also known as Zlatan Ibile) and three others for alleged advance fraud. After his arrest, the anti-graft agency filed an 11-point against Naira Marley. The charges with packing number FHC / L / 178C / 19 were filed before a Lagos State High Court.
The artist was later arrested on May 20, 2019 before Judge Nicholas Oweibo of the federal high court in Ikoyi, Lagos. Judge Oweibo ordered, after his dismissal, that Naira Marley be suspended in jail until May 30 to submit the bail application. by the defendant’s council, Taiwo Oreagba.