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Man Who Hacked Nigerian Bank Gets 1 Year Jail

Man Withdrew $70,000 From Bank

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Justice I.M. Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt,  Rivers State,  has convicted and sentenced  Eric Nnamdi Obulo to one-year imprisonment,  for hacking the database of Polaris Bank and defrauded the bank to the tune of $70, 000.00 (Seventy Thousand United States Dollars). 

He was convicted on Tuesday,  October 6, 2020 in Port Harcourt,  Rivers State,  after  being  re-arraigned by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission,  EFCC,  on one- count charge bordering on unlawful interception by technical means,  into Polaris Bank’s  data base and in the process, taking possession of the sum of $70,000.00 ( Seventy Thousand United States Dollars).

The one-count charge read:  “That you Eric Nnamdi Obulo, on or about July, 2019 in Port Harcourt,  Rivers state, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did intercept by technical means the data base of Polaris Bank and in the process took possession of the sum of Seventy Thousand Dollars {$70, 000.00} into your Polaris Bank Account no. 2130049253 and thereby committed an Offense contrary to Section 12 (1) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention etc.) Act 2015 and punishable under the same section of the Act”.

He pleaded guilty to the charge, when it was read to him.

In view of his plea prosecuting counsel, K. W Chukwuma-Eneh prayed the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

However, the defence counsel,  D.E. Nowo,  pleaded for leniency  in view of the convict’s ” remorse and being a first- time offender who did not waste the precious time of the court”

Justice Sani consequently convicted and sentenced  Eric Nnamdi Obulo to one year imprisonment with an option of fine of N5, 000, 000.00( Five Million Naira only).

Obulo ran into trouble when Polaris Bank filed a petition against him,   with the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the  EFCC on  October 14,  2019. The petitioner stated that,  sometime in October, 2019, the bank’s database and core banking applications  were  manipulated by unknown fraudsters,  resulting in the crediting  of six accounts  belonging to the convict with a total sum of  Seventy Thousand United States Dollars.

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