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First Bank Is Not Safe As Investigator Reveals How Its staff Connive With Hackers To Steal 20 Billions Naira

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A witness from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr Adamu Dahiru, has told a Special Offences Court how three former workers with the First Bank of Nigeria connived with hackers to steal twenty billion naira (N20bn) from the bank.

Dahiru, an investigator with the EFCC, being led in witness box said that the defendants conspired to tap into the bank’s server to grant access to a syndicate.

During cross examination by one of the defence counsel, Uchenna Ozoagbo, Dahiru, told the court that the defendants were apprehended after one of them connected a laptop he collected from the syndicate to the bank’s server.

He said that they conspired to give access to a fraudster to defraud the bank of over N20bn. The report we gathered was that the money was in the cloud and they needed to bring it out.

“The second defendant (Emeka) had a meeting with the syndicate at a hotel.

“When the first defendant (Ugorji) was arrested, he made a statement that he was introduced to the syndicate by the third defendant (Chukwuka) and that they had communicated with someone from the headquarters.

“The second defendant made a statement that a laptop was given after several promises that he should connect the laptop to the bank’s system.

“When he was on duty, he connected the laptop to the banking system, but during the connection, the I.P. of the laptop was picked up and the system was destroyed.”

The defendants, Ozioma Ugorji, Ugwu Emeka, and Obike Chukwuka, were arraigned for allegedly attempting to steal N20bn from the bank.

They were, however, apprehended by the EFCC on March 6, 2021, following an intelligence report.

The presiding judge, Sherifat Solebo, adjourned the case till October 5, 2022, for continuation of the trial.

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