Detectives attached to the Zonal Monitoring Unit of Zone 2 Command Headquarters, Onikan, Lagos have arrested two suspected Internet fraudsters, who specialised in hacking into people’s accounts and fleecing them of their cash.
Sources said the suspects identified as Yusuf Ademola and Adesina Olawale Abiodun had confessed that they had hacked into over 5000 accounts of different people especially, those whose bank accounts are with the United Bank for Africa (UBA).
A statement by the Zonal Public Relations Officer (PRO), Hauwa Idris Adamu, made available to The Guardian, said there were other members of the syndicate, adding that the police had spread its dragnet to tracking fleeing members of the syndicate.
The statement reads: “On May 8, 2023, a petition was submitted by UBA to the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) that there are some syndicates that specialise on Internet fraud of various banks in Nigeria, most especially UBA, in which they hack into customers accounts and move their monies.
“Based on the petition, the AIG raised a team of detectives from the Zonal Monitoring Unit, swung into action with the aid of modern technology, two suspects- Yusuf Ademola ‘m’, 40, and Adesina Olawale Abiodun, ‘m’, 50, were tracked down at their hideout at Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
“The suspects confessed to the crime that they have many syndicates all over Nigeria and that they use software to hack into customers’ accounts and move their money undetected from any bank they wish.
“However, the modus operandi of these fraudsters is to have a customer’s BVN linked phone number and bank alert for easy transfer of the money. Consequently, over 1000 customers’ accounts have been hacked and defrauded across the country.
“Further investigation into the incident revealed that members of the syndicates were drawn from different parts of the country.
“Efforts are on top gear to arrest all suspects connected with this crime.
Meanwhile, investigation is still ongoing and suspects would soon be arraigned in court upon completion of investigation please.”