The Lagos State Police Command has paraded a gang of eight men fraudsters before the Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly hacking into the server of an electronic platform, ITEX Integrated Services Limited, and stealing N435.3m.
The defendants including Aderuku Adedayo, Adigun Benjamin, Awopetu Tosin, Ajibade Ayomide, Ojo Olwaseun, Miller Oluwafemi, Olaleye Samuel and Ajibade Ayodeyi, are now facing charges which include conspiracy, hacking, stealing, and fraud slammed against them by the police.
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The prosecutor, Morufu Animashaun, explained to the court that the defendants conspired among themselves and others now at large to commit the offences on September 7, 2022, at 1E, Sinari Daranijo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Morufu explained further that the defendants had jointly hacked the company’s server and defrauded the company of N435, 386, 699. 99.
According to the prosecutor, the first defendant benefitted the sum of N29.9m, while the second defendant received N51m, with the third and fourth defendants benefitting N19m and N20m respectively from the alleged fraudulent acts.
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Animashaun further told the court that the fifth to eighth defendants benefitted from the sums of N13m, N3m, N13m and N20m respectively.
According to the prosecutor, the offences committed contravened Sections 8(a), 1(1)(a), 2(a) and 7(2)(b)of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006, and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
The defendants however pleaded not guilty to the charges. Justice Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa ordered that the defendants be remanded in the custody of Nigerian Correctional Services, and adjourned the case till April 27, for the commencement of trial.
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