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Software Developer Arraigned For Allegedly Defrauding Fcmb Of N17.7m

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned Michael Anan Onimisi before Justice R. M. Aikawa of the Federal High Court, sitting in Kaduna for developing software, code-named: “Bee-Leaf” and “Real-Eve,” to allegedly defraud First City Monument Bank Plc, FCMB of N17,785,010.75.

He was accused of developing the software to hack into the security measures of the bank in order to defraud it.

Onimisi was arraigned on six-count charges bordering on internet fraud and money laundering.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Michael Anan Onimisi, sometime in June 2023, in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did directly retained the total sum of N17,785,010.75 (Seventeen Million, Seven Hundred and Eighty-Five Thousand, Ten Naira and Seventy-Five Kobo only), from First City Monument Bank Plc, which funds you knew forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(2)(d)of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2022 and punishable under Section 18(3) of the same Act.”

The suspect pleaded not guilty to the six-count charges when they were read to him.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, N. Salele, asked for a trial date and further prayed the court to remand the defendant to a Correctional Centre before the commencement of the trial.

Meanwhile, defence counsel, Rabiu Mohammed, informed the court of an application for bail before it.

Salele objected, pleading for more time to study and respond to it.

After listening to the arguments of both counsels, Justice Aikawa thereafter adjourned the matter till October 19, 2023, for a hearing on the bail application and December 6, 2023, for commencement of trial.

He also ordered that the defendant be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Kaduna.

Trouble started for the defendant when the Kaduna Zonal Command of the EFCC received a petition from First City Monument Bank Plc, dated June 23, 2023, alleging that the defendant, sole proprietor of Ohoiza Crafts, hacked into the bank system and fraudulently withdrew money amounting to N17,785,010.75 from the account of the bank and transferred it to his account.


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