Six suspected hackers who have allegedly succeeded in moving millions of Naira from hapless customers’ accounts from banks across the country have been nabbed by men of the Edo State Police Command. The suspected fraudsters who were arrested on Friday, according to credible police source, were trailed to Lagos and Ogun States where they were arrested by operatives of the Anti-kidnapping and Cyber Crime unit of the Edo State police command.
The suspects were identified as David Ogunowo, Balogun Hakeem, Adesola Kayode, Abiodun Adesina, Yusuf Ademola, and Adetono Lukeman.
The Police source informed the magazine that on October 27, 2020, some suspected armed robbers had burgled a house along Aiguobasimwin Street in the Government Reserved Area, GRA, Benin City around 2 am where they made away with a huge amount of money, mobile phones, lap tops, and other personal items.
They were said to have sold the mobile phones to some suspected bank account hackers in Lagos who assessed the SIM cards and discovered that one of the victims had a bank balance of over five million naira. The SIM card was then sold to another set of suspected criminals in Lagos who have the expertise to access the accounts, and succeeded in moving the money out.
In need of a safe account to move the monies into which were withdrawn in two tranches, they travelled to Ijebu Ode in Ogun State where they reportedly bought a fresh bank account from a 28-year-old man for the sum of N30,000.
The sum of N1.5 million was first transferred into the account and withdrawn in Ijebu Ode in a Point of Sales (POS) shop. Another N3.5 million was later sent into the account of a POS operator who then collected his commission and gave them the cash.
They however did not go scot-free to enjoy their loot as the long arm of the law caught up with them with the instrumentality of modern crime detection technology.
According to the police source, “the suspects confessed that they buy stolen SIM cards from robbers and thieves and access the one that has money in their bank accounts and remove them “. It was gathered that the suspects would soon have their day in court after further investigation.
However when contacted for official confirmation, the state police public relations officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, told the magazine “I am yet to get that information. As soon as I am briefed, I will let you know”.