July 12, 2017

Police arraign 4 for allegedly hacking WAEC website

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The Nigeria Police Force, yesterday, arraigned four persons accused of hacking into the website of the West African Examinations Council, WAEC.

The suspects— Samuel Onuora, Patrick Nwodo, Effiong Joseph and Chijioke Nwachu— were arraigned before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on a 13-count charge bordering on fraud and cyber crime.

The quartet, according to the prosecuting counsel, Mr. P. A. Amadi, illegally gained access into WAEC’s website and printed questions meant for the May/June 2017 Secondary School Certificate Examination, and sold same to students.

Also printed and sold to the students, according to Amadi, were solved answers to the said questions.

He said the offences contravened Section 28(3) of the Cyber Crime Prevention and Prohibition Act, 2015.

The accused persons, who were arrested in Uyo, Umuahia, Enugu and Owerri and transferred to the Police Force Headquarters in Abuja, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In view of their not guilty plea, Amadi prayed that they be remanded in Kuje Prisons, pending the determination of the case against them.

Mr. Christopher Eichie, the defendants’ counsel, applied for their bail on the grounds that the offences were bailable.

Arguing further, Eichie reminded the court that the defendants had been in Police custody for close to two months.

Justice Dimgba agreed with him, and admitted the defendants to bail.

He added that the bail was based on self-recognition of the defendants’ counsel, and ordered him (counsel) to deposit his call to bar certificates with the court.

He said that the counsel could apply for the certificate each time it was needed and ordered the defendants to provide one surety each, who should be either a businessman or a civil servant, and adjourned the matter to October 12.