The Anambra State Police Command has on Wednesday arrested six suspected hackers of bank accounts in Anambra. The Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed said the suspects were arrested following intelligent gathering from a one of the gang members who was earlier arrested.
“Police operatives attached to the ‘B’ Division, Awka, arrested six suspected members of a notorious syndicate at the UNIZIK temporary site, Awka, who specialise in stealing phones from unsuspecting passengers in commercial vehicles and using the phones to hack into bank accounts of their victims to siphon their money. Their arrest was sequel to an earlier arrest of a member of the syndicate, one Nkem Emmanuel, 26, of Agbor-Obi in Agbor Delta, at Aroma with a Nokia 3.2 android phone valued at N37,000, which he allegedly stole from a co-passenger, one Ebere Okafor, while they were travelling in a commercial tricycle,” Mohammed said.
Mohammed said that the suspects include: Uche Louis, 21, from Mbieri, Imo State; Junior Abamu, 25, from Uromi, Edo State; Chinemelem Anugwam, 21, from Mbano, Imo State; Agaro Afo, 26, from Ideze, Delta State; and Abraham Patrick, 25, from Obubra, Cross River State.
Mohammed disclosed that exhibits recovered from the suspects included ” 23 mobile phones, 13 memory cards, dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, codeine syrup, assorted drugs and N102,000.”
He also added that some of victims were contacted and they have come forward to identify the suspects and their belongings.
Mohammed said that the suspects would be charged to court when the command finished the investigation, which was in progress.