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The operatives of Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a 30-year-old hotel cleaner for defrauding a company of N2 million and attempting to collect another N500 million after hacking into the company’s e-mail address.

The suspect, Ahuja Sylvester was on Friday arrested by operatives in 911 Hotel, Warri, Delta State.

The suspect had sometime in April 2017, hacked into the e-mail of a Lagos-based company, posing as the Managing Director and instructing the firm’s accountant to disburse the sum of N2 million into the Access Bank account of the suspect.

The suspect, using the same approach in June 2017, again requested the payment of N500 million into a Zenith Bank account. The company detected this and quickly alerted the police.

The RRS Decoy team in their investigations discovered that the initial N2 million was withdrawn with a debit card belonging to Ahuja Sylvester.

Ahuja, in his statement to the police, denied hacking into the account of any company stressing that his friend, who he named Emmanuel, was the culprit. He stated that he met Emmanuel, a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member at his work place in April 2017.

According to him, “Emmanuel, serving in Warri told me around April that he was stranded and that somebody was going to send money to him. He requested that I allow him use my ATM card because he could not locate his own. I released it to him with my PIN. I expected the transactions to have been completed after two days but when I saw him after a week and requested for my ATM, he told me he was still using it. ”

I asked him some weeks later and he told me he had misplaced it. That was how he didn’t return the debit card again.”

Confirming the arrest, the Lagos State police spokesman, Olarinde Famous-Cole, said investigations was ongoing and that the suspect has been transferred to SCID, Panti for further investigations.


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