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Alleged hackers infiltrate bank account, docked for withdrawing N1.5m




The Police in Lagos on Wednesday docked four alleged hackers who illegally withdrew N1. 5 million from one Ugo Donald’s bank account at the Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The accused: Oduwole Oluwatobi, Okonofua Harrison, Ikenna Ohaji and Olaide Taiwo, whose addresses and ages were not stated, are standing trial on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and fraud.

The accused, who are all men, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge levelled against them.

But the Prosecutor, ASP Olakemmi Omisope, told the court that the accused committed the offences sometime in November 2014 in Lagos.

“These four men hacked into the bank account of Donald and debited the account to the tune of N1.5 million.

“That act amounts to stealing and their offences are in contravention of Sections 285, 387 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011,’’ Omisope said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 285 provides for seven years imprisonment for offenders.

Counsel to the four accused, Mr Dannel Abbe, urged the court to admit them to bail on liberal terms.

In his ruling, Magistrate Owunmi Martins said: “I admit the accused to N500, 000 bail each, with two sureties each in like sum.

“The sureties must be gainfully employed and must show evidence of tax payment.’’
The case was then adjourned to Sept. 17, for mention.

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