Officers of the Nigeria Police Force have apprehended two individuals involved in hacking bank accounts and transferring funds without detection.
The suspects have been identified as Yusuf Ademola, 40 years old, and Adesina Olawale Abiodun, 50 years old.
The arrest was made following a petition submitted by United Bank for Africa (UBA) to the Assistant Inspector General of Police on May 8, 2023. UBA reported the existence of syndicates engaged in internet fraud targeting various banks in Nigeria, with a particular focus on UBA. These criminals employed hacking techniques to gain unauthorized access to customers’ accounts and siphon off their funds.
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Upon receiving the petition, the Assistant Inspector General of Police assembled a team of detectives from the Zonal Monitoring Unit, who swiftly launched an investigation using advanced technology.
The diligent efforts of the police culminated in the arrest of Yusuf Ademola and Adesina Olawale Abiodun at their hideout in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State. Confirming the development, SP Hauwa Idris Adamu, Zonal Police Public Relations Officer of Zone 2 Command HQ Onikan Lagos, stated that the suspects have confessed to their involvement in the crime.
During interrogation, the suspects revealed that they had multiple syndicates operating throughout Nigeria. They utilized sophisticated software to hack into customers’ accounts and move money without arousing suspicion.
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The fraudsters’ modus operandi involved having access to a customer’s Bank Verification Number (BVN)-linked phone number and bank alert, which facilitated the seamless transfer of funds. It has been estimated that over 1,000 customer accounts were compromised and defrauded across the country.
Further investigations into the incident have revealed that the syndicates consist of members recruited from various regions of Nigeria. Authorities are now intensifying their efforts to apprehend all individuals connected to this criminal network.