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3 remanded in prison for hacking into bank, stealing N39m

By Onozure Dania

THREE suspected fraudsters were, yesterday, arraigned before a Lagos magistrate’s court, sitting at Igbosere, for allegedly hacking into an  account at First Bank Plc and fraudulently withdrawing N39 million.

The defendants are Ahmed Shehu, 27; Umar Mohammed, 30 and Ibrahim Ahmed, 41.

They were arrested following a complaint by the management of First Bank Plc through the Head of the Department of Forensic Auditors, Mr. Akhanolu Solomon.

The suspects, who pleaded not guilty to the charge, were remanded in prison’s custody pending when they are able to perfect their bail conditions.

The Police prosecutor, Inspector Steven Molo, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on January 25 at First Bank Plc, Oshodi Branch, Lagos.

He said the defendants forged the fund transfer documents of First Bank Plc, and hacked into the account of the bank and fraudulently withdrew N39 million and shared it amongst themselves.

He added that the bank uncovered the fraud when it audited its account book.

 


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