Ekiti man hacks and hijacks N-Power beneficiary’s account to his wife
An Ekiti State Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has ordered the detention of a 33-year-old man, Waheed Baderinwa, in a detention center for allegedly hacking into the account of a beneficiary of N -Power and diverted the contact details of the victim to his wife.
According to the prosecution, the defendant “is reasonably suspected of having committed the computer forgery offense during the month of March 2021”.
He said the accused “conspired with a Tiamiyu Salimot knowingly and with intent to misrepresent and defraud, logged into Olofin Adeola’s N-Power Dashboard, changed his password pass, his name and account number to that of Tiamiyu Salimot, thus causing the victim to lose five months of N-Power allowance calculated at N150,000.
“The offenses are contrary to sections 14 (1), (2) and (3) of the Cybercrime (Prevention of Prohibition) Act 2015.”
The victim, in his statement to the Department of State Services, said: “I provided my N-Power contact information to the defendant to help me verify whether the N-Power authorities messaged me at following my faulty phone.
“After checking, he told me that no message was sent. Later, I went to check in another place where I found out that the accused had hacked into my account and diverted all my details to his wife, who received my benefits for five months.
“The case was reported to the DSS office after they exhausted all avenues to get my money back, hence his arrest.”
A DSS officer, Olaolu Olayinka, in an ex parte motion, requested the accused be remanded in custody pending completion of the investigation and transfer of the duplicate file to the Public Prosecution Directorate for legal advice .
In his ruling, Magistrate Bankole Oluwasanmi, said, “The accused will be taken into the custody of the Federal Correctional Center, Ado Ekiti, and then remanded in custody for an initial and initial period of 30 days.”
The matter has been adjourned to June 20, 2022, for notice.
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