Three men, Frank Nwokobia, 27, Ezeoke Kanayochukwu, 25, and Godwin Essien, 28 have been charged by the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for cyber crime and theft of N9.2million, which reportedly belongs to the Lagos State House Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa.
The police said the three men conspired to hack the Facebook account of the Speaker and also gained access to his account at Guaranty Trust Bank, where they withdrew N9.2 million.
The accused have been sent to Ikoyi Prison by a Federal High Court in Lagos.
The men, who were arrested in Delta state, were all arraigned before Justice Chuka Obiozor, on five count charge of conspiracy, impersonation, and theft.
NAN reports that the Police prosecutor Barrister Williams Olu Ologun informed the court that the three accused were arrested in Delta State, after Obasa, petitioned the police that his Facebook account had been hacked into and the money had been withdrawn from his account by unidentified individuals.
He also stated that upon their arrest, they voluntarily made statements 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 pleaded not guilty to the charges and Justice Obiozor admitted them to bail in the sum of N5 million with one surety each.
The surety must be recommended by their lawyer, who must be a 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).
They will be remanded in the prison custody, pending the perfection of their bail conditions.