How We Caught the Hacker of Access Bank -EFCC Accounts

An investigator from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Adewunmi Omotosho, on Monday, February 7, 2022, told a Special Offenses Court in Ikeja how alleged Access Bank hacker Chris Ihebuzo was apprehended by the anti-corruption agency.

The Nigeria News Agency (NOPE) reports that Ihebuzo, in a video that went viral online, claimed to have accessed the bank’s database and extracted data from more than 2,000 customers.

Led into evidence by EFCC prosecutor Franklin Ofoma, the investigator told the court that the EFCC had received a query from Access Bank complaining about a viral video on social media where a hacker boasted about have access to bank accounts.

Adewunmi, the second witness for the prosecution, said that when the EFCC apprehended Ihebuzo, they recovered an HP laptop, 12 blank ATM master cards, documents containing account numbers, phone numbers and the number biometric verification (BVN) of customers.

Ofoma submitted the documents to the court while urging the judge to admit them into evidence.

Judge Olubunmi Abike-Fadipe later admitted all the materials and documents seized as exhibits.

Adewunmi in his testimony told the court that a forensic expert working at the EFCC gave his team the name and address of the defendant.

She said that all documents seized from Ihebuzo were exclusively for the bank.

The EFCC investigator further told the court that after his arrest, the accused voluntarily gave his statement to the commission on bail.

Ihebuzo faces seven counts of theft, claiming property through written threats, attempting to obtain property through false pretences, and unauthorized access to computer equipment.

Other charges are unauthorized access with intent to commit and facilitate the commission of other offenses and unauthorized modification of computer equipment.

Shawanda H. Saldana