How Three Ex-First Bank Workers Planned With Hackers To Steal N20bn – Witness

On Wednesday, the trial of three former First Bank of Nigeria employees who are accused of attempting to commit fraud continued in Ikeja, Lagos.

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission charged the defendants, Ozioma Ugorji, 35, Ugwu Emeka, 32, and Obike Chukwuka, 38, with attempting to steal N20 billion from the bank.

PUNCH Metro discovered that the defendants had planned to hack into the bank’s server in order to provide a syndicate access.

However, the EFCC was able to capture them on March 6, 2021 as a result of an intelligence report.

During cross examination by one of the defence counsel, Uchenna Ozoagbo, a prosecution witness, Adamu 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, “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 judge, S.O. Solebo, adjourned the case till October 5, 2022, for continuation of trial.

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