By Abdulwahab Abdulah

THE 26-year-old medical doctor, Michael Thompson Williams, who allegedly hacked into peoples’ account to buy exotic cars, was arraigned for stealing before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court, yesterday.

The suspect, who lives on Hilton Layout, Lekki, Lagos, was arraigned for allegedly stealing a car worth N28 million belonging to one Mr. Abidogun Adewale.

He was also accused of stealing a Toyota Camry valued at N3,500,000 from one Omopeyi Oluwaseun.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Magistrate Y. Aje-Afunwa granted him N2.5 million bail with two sureties in like sum, who must swear to an affidavit and having verifiable documents.

According to the court, the sureties must also have evidence of tax payment to Lagos State government and are property owners in Lagos State.

Further hearing was adjourned till August 6.

In May, the suspect was paraded by Lagos State Police Command as a 28-year-old medical doctor turned hacker.

The suspect, who had worked with front line hospitals in Lagos, usually hacked into customers’ accounts with banks and financial institutions as well as monitors private e-mails.

He confessed that through the hacking abilities he acquired in Canada, he delved into fraudulent activities.

According to him, he could buy goods worth N40 million with credit cards and make false payments in tranches to unsuspecting victims.

Williams met his waterloo on March 23 when a complaint was lodged to the Police by a car mart owner, Abidogun Adewale, that a syndicate bought an exotic car of N28 million, allegedly paid the amount into his bank account only for him to discover he had received a false bank alert.

Parading Williams, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, told journalists that the suspect admitted committing the crime.

According to Edgal, “the suspect is a member of a syndicate that buys cars and configure a computer programme that would send a fake payment alert to the seller.”

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