The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday brought a 22-year-old woman Mary Ozala before the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, on a four count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences.
Three other accused, Nwokeke C. Chukwunonso, Shedrach Umeh and Uchenna Okpala are currently at large.
Ozala and her co-defendents are said to have hacked into the mail of an investor with an investment firm from whom they stole N2 million.
The defendant pleaded not guilty when the charge was read.
One of the counts reads: “that you Mary Ozala, Nwokeke C. Chukwunonso, Shedrach Umeh (still at large), Uchenna Okpala (still at large) on or about the 7th day of August, 2013 at Ikeja within the Ikeja Judicial Division, with intent to defraud conspire to steal the sum of N2,000,000.00 (two million naira) property of Capital Field Investment and Trust Limited. by hacking into an email account of the company’s investor, one Ronke Okewole and fraudulently instructing Capital Investment and Trust Limited to withdraw the sum of N2,000,000.00 (two million naira) from Ronke Okewole’s account to credit the account of one Ezeigwe Chinenye Henrietta with Zenith Bank Plc. Account no. 2009811047″.
The prosecution asked the judge, Justice Kudirat A Jose, to fix a date for the trial and also to keep the defendant in police custody.
The defence counsel, however, sought bail, but asked the judge for a a short adjournment to allow him file a bail application for his client.
The case was adjourned to October 12, 2015. The defendant will be held in EFCC custody until the bail application is determined.
The EFCC also yesterday arraigned Ope Saraki, before Justice A.O. Faji of the Federal High Court, Ilorin, for contracts scams.