The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a Hacker, Chris Ihebuzor before the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja for allegedly hacking to the data base of Access Bank Plc and stealing customers personal information.
Ihebuzor was docked before the court by the EFCC on a 6-count charge bothering on stealing, unauthorized access, modification of computer materials, cyber stalking and demanding money through written threats from Access
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According to the anti-graft agency’s counsel, Franklin Ofoma, the defendant committed the alleged offence sometime in August, 2020 in Lagos.
Ofoma maintained that the offence is in violation of Sections 278(1) & (2), 285 (1), 300, 385 (1) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.
The lawyer also alleged that Ihebuzor, with intent to defraud, had in his possession Access bank Public Liability Company’s document, containing phone numbers, bank accounts and Biometric Verification Numbers, BVN, of Access bank customers.
He allegedly with intent to extort money from Access bank Plc, sent an electronic mail to the management of Access bank Plc demanding money from them.
The EFCC further claimed that the defendant, with intent to defraud, had unauthorized access to computer materials of Access bank Plc customers public data and caused unauthorised modifications of the bank’s public liability.
Ofoma also alleged that the defendant had unauthorized access to Access bank PLC customer’s public data, with intent to facilitate and extort money from Access bank Plc.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge and was subsequently released on bail.
Justice O. O. Fadipe, said that based on the submissions of Counsels, it shows that the defendant is eligible to bail and he is not a flight risk.
He released him on bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum and one of the sureties must be a blood relation.
The judge held, “The defendant must not leave the jurisdictions of this court. The two sureties and the defendant must submit a verifiable and valid residential address which would be verified by the court.
“The defendant must also fill a form of undertaken to comply with condition one and two. The defendant is to be remanded at the EFCC custody pending the perfection of his bail conditions.
Justice Fadipe thereafter adjourned the matter till January 27, 2021, for commencement of trial.