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How hackers defrauded Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker of over N9million

The State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, Panti, Yaba, of the Lagos State Police Command, has arraigned three men before a Federal High Court for allegedly defrauding the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, of N9.2 million.

The three men, Frank Nwokobia, 27; Ezeoke Kanayochukwu, 25, and Godwin Essien, 28, were arraigned before Justice Chuka Obiozor, on a five-count charge of conspiracy, impersonation, identity theft and fraud.

According to the prosecutor, William Ologun, the defendants were arrested at different locations in Delta State. The suspects had sometimes in May hacked into the Facebook account of the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly and retrieved several personal information which they used in withdrawing N9.188 million from his account.

After the incident, the complainant, Obasa, petitioned the Police that his Facebook account had been hacked and that N9.188 million had been withdrawn from his account by unknown individuals.

The offences, according to the prosecutor, are contrary to Sections 27(1) (b) and 22(2) (b) (ii) of Cybercrimes Prohibition and Prevention Act, 2015. The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Ruling on the bail application, the court judge, Justice Obiozor, admitted the defendants to N5 million bail with one surety each. The judge ordered that the sureties, who must be recommended by the defendants’ lawyer, must be residents of Lagos State, with landed property and three-year tax.

The judge also stated that the landed property title documents and tax must be verified by the court’s Deputy Chief Registrar.

The court also ordered that the three defendants be remanded pending the perfection of the bail conditions.