A 22-year-old girl has been the fall person as her hacking cohorts escaped while she was nabbed and arraigned before a court in Lagos for obtaining money by trick.
A 22-year-old girl, Mary Ozala, was, on Thursday, may 14, 2015, arraigned before Justice Kudirat Jose of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, by the Economic and Fimamcial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on a four-count charge of fraud, conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretences.
Ozala who said she is a student, according to the agency, had connived with others at large, Nwokeke C. Chukwunonso, Shedrach Umeh and Uchenna Okpala, to commit the crime.
The EFCC said that Ozala, and her cohorts, had hacked into the email account of one Ronke Okewole, whom they fraudulently defrauded of the sum of N2 million.
One of the counts reads:
"That you Mary Ozala, Nwokeke C. Chukwunonso, Shedrach Umeh (still at large), Uchenna Okpala (still at large) on or about the 7th day of August, 2013, at Ikeja within the Ikeja Judicial Division, with intent to defraud, conspire to steal the sum of N2,000,000.00 (two million naira) property of Capital Field Investment and Trust Limited, by hacking into an email account of the company's investor, one Ronke Okewole and fraudulently instructing Capital Investment and Trust Limited to withdraw the sum of N2,000,000.00 (two million naira) from Ronke Okewole's account to credit the account of one Ezeigwe Chinenye Henrietta with Zenith Bank Plc. Account no. 2009811047."
When the charge was read to Ozala, she pleaded not guilty but the judge refused the bail application submitted by her counsel, Chibuzo Mwakobi, and remanded her in the EFCC custody pending the determination of the bail application. The case was adjourned to October 12, 2015.