Lagos - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has
arraigned four suspects, including a former Union Bank Plc employee, for
stealing N2 billion (US$12 million) from the bank.
The suspects are appearing before the Lagos High Court.
They allegedly hacked into the bank’s database, known as
Flexcube, before stealing the money.
One of the suspects, Danasabe Ibrahim, resident in Jos,
Plateau State, was an employee of the bank while the three others, Salihu
Mahmoud, Friday Isaiah and Samuel Azaaior, reside in Lagos.
The accused persons have been charged with three counts
of conspiracy to defraud, unauthorised access to computer data and unauthorised
modification of computer data.
They were alleged to have in January, along with others who
are still at large, fraudulently transferred N2.05bn from the General Ledger
Account of the Jos Branch of Union Bank to the bank accounts of some bureaux de
change domiciled in Marina and Moloney Street in Lagos.
Gona Bureau de Change and Dankawa Bureau de Change were
beneficiaries of the fraudulent transfer, according to the EFCC prosecutor,
Their alleged offences were said to have contravened
Sections 323, 385 and 387 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011.
Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo ordered that the
accused persons be remanded in Kirikiri Prisons after they pleaded not guilty
to all the charges preferred against them.
– CAJ News