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Fraudsters who hacked Lagos speaker's account & stole N9m arraigned in Court

Three alleged fraudsters, accused of hacking the Facebook account of Lagos Speaker, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa and stole N9.1m from him, were on Monday re-arraigned before Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of a Federal High Court, Lagos.

The men - Frank Nwokobia, 27; Ezeoke Kanayochukwu, 25; and Godwin Essien, 28 - are standing trial on a five-count bordering on conspiracy, fraud, impersonation and identity theft.

The trio had been earlier arraigned before vacation judge, Justice Chuka Obiozor in September.

The accused are being prosecuted by the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, who alleged that they hacked the Facebook account and stole N9.1m.

At the re-arraignment on Monday, the Prosecutor, Mr William Ologun, informed the court of the charge against the accused and urged the court to take fresh pleas.

The accused denied the charge and their lawyers – Mr Elvis Keshi and Mr A. C. Nwajiugo – urged the court to admit them to bail on liberal terms.

Their bail applications were not opposed by the police.

Consequently, Justice Oguntoyinbo admitted them to bails in the sum of N5m with a surety each.

The judge ordered each surety to deposit the title documents and Certificates of Occupancy of their landed property with the court’s Deputy Chief Registrar.

They are also to provide three years tax clearance, while the surety’s official and residential addresses as well as their phone numbers should be verified by the prosecutor.

She adjourned the trial until Nov. 28.

According to the charge, the accused sometime in May hacked Obasa’s Facebook account, retrieved information with which they withdrew the alleged sum from his Guaranty Trust Bank’s account.

After the Speaker reported the incident, the accused were arrested at different locations in Delta.

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