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Court jails hacker for scamming bank

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A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has sentenced one Eric Nnamdi Obulo to one year imprisonment for hacking the database of a bank.

Obulo in October 2019, manipulated the bank’s database and core banking applications, resulting in the crediting of six accounts belonging to him with a total sum of $70,000.00.

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“That you Eric Nnamdi Obulo, on or about July, 2019 in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did intercept by technical means the database of Polaris Bank and in the process took possession of the sum of Seventy Thousand Dollars {$70, 000.00} into your Polaris Bank Account no. 2130049253 and thereby committed an Offense contrary to Section 12 (1) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention etc.) Act 2015 and punishable under the same section of the Act,” the count read.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge. His counsel, D.E. Nowo, pleaded for leniency for him on terms that he didn’t waste the court’s time and also as a first- time offender.

Justice Sani, however, sentenced Obulo to one-year imprisonment with an option of a fine of Five Million Naira only.

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