By Ige Olugbenga
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday sent three men who were accused of stealing N9.2 million belonging to Lagos State House Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, to prison.
The men, Frank Nwokobia, 27, Ezeoke Kanayochukwu, 25, and Godwin Essien, 28, were charged by the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), of the Lagos State Police Command.
The trio conspired to hack the Facebook account of Obasa, and also gained access to his account at Guaranty Trust Bank, where they stole N9,188,100.
The men were arraigned before Justice Chuka Obiozor, on a five-count charge of conspiracy, impersonation, and theft.
The Police prosecutor, Barrister Williams Ologun informed the court that the three accused were arrested in Delta state after Obasa reported the hack and unsanctioned withdrawal of N9.188,100 from his bank account.
He also stated that upon the arrest of the accused, they voluntarily made statement admitting being into cyber crime business.
The offences alleged to have been committed by the accused persons are contrary to sections 27(1)(b) and 22(2)(b)(ii) of Cybercrimes Prohibition and Prevention Act, 2015.
The three accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Justice Chuka Obiozor, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N5 million with one surety each.
The surety must be recommended by their lawyer, who must be resident of Lagos State, with landed property and three year tax payment.
The judge also stated that the property title documents and tax payment must be verified by the court’s Deputy Chief Registrar (DCR).
Thereafter, Justice Obiozor ordered that the three accused be remanded in the prison custody, pending the fulfilment of their bail conditions.