A Nigerian man identified as Salau Abdulmalik Femi has been arrested by detectives from the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for allegedly hacking into the server of a Nigerian bank to steal N1.87 billion.
The suspect, police said, is the kingpin of a syndicate that specialises in hacking into the servers of banks and corporate agencies.
He was arrested after he hacked the Flex-Cube Universal Banking System (FCUBS) of a first-generation bank.
SFU spokesman in Ikoyi, Lagos State, DSP Eyitayo Johnson, in a statement, said the suspect created fictitious credits totalling N1.87bn on the accounts of three of the bank’s customers.
DSP Johnson said the suspect successfully consummated debits (outflows) amounting to N417.5m through internet banking transfers to other banks.
He said the unit while acting swiftly on a petition from the bank; contacted the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the deposit money banks which customers were beneficiaries of the fraudulent funds and that in the process was able to salvage a substantial amount.
“Items recovered from the suspect include an Apple laptop and an iPhone, and he and operators of some Bureau De Change (BDC) used to launder the monies will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded,” Johnson said.