Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has remanded one Vincent Harrison Chukwuemeka, an alleged serial Facebook hacker, in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service.
This was following his arraignment on a one count charge of fraud to the tune of N407, 000.
Chukwuemeka’s luck began to run out when a certain Felicity Felix Ekpezu petitioned the Commission on January 5, 2020, alleging that on December 26, 2019, she received strange chats on WhatsApp from the accused who claimed to be a female representative of Facebook and WhatsApp from the United States of America, by name Lisa.
The complainant alleged that the Facebook hacker informed her that she had won $971 (Nine hundred and seventy-one United States Dollars) and an iPhone 6s, and requested her to pay N407, 000 (Four hundred and seven thousand naira) to redeem the items.
But after making the payment to the Facebook hacker, the complainant said she started receiving calls from her friends and family members who accused her of duping them using her Facebook account.
According to the complainant, it was at this point that it dawned on her that “Lisa” had hacked her Facebook account and duped her friends and family members.
The defendant who was arrested on October 17, 2020, in his apartment at Ogidi Local government area of Anambra state, and confessed to the crime.
The defendant pleaded “not guilty”.
In view of his plea, Nwandu Ukoha, counsel for the EFCC prayed the court for a trial date and for the defendant to be remanded in the custody of the Nigeria Correctional Service.