Corps member, student hack Al-Hikma University account, steal N9.1m

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A serving corps member Nazim Usman Gomna and a 400Level student of AL-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Idris Shuaibu Suleiman, were on Thursday arraigned over offences bordering on theft to the tune of N9.1million.

Nazim, who is serving at the Jigawa State House of Assembly and Suleiman were alleged to have hacked into the website of the AL-Hikmah University and diverted students’ school fees to the tune N9.1million.

There were arraigned by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on a three count charge of conspiracy and theft.

A statement issued by the Spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said Nazim, who graduated as a Computer Scientist at the Al-Hikmah University, allegedly connived with Idris to hack the university’s website using the latter’s account details (Idris) to be collecting tuition fees illegally from students.

Count one of the charge reads: “That you, Nazim Usman Gomna and Idris Shuaibu Suleiman sometime between the month of March, 2020 and May, 2020 at Ilorin, Kwara State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court agreed amongst yourselves to do illegal act to wit; theft of N9,118,500.00 (Nine Million, One Hundred and Eighteen Thousand, Five Hundred Naira Only) property of the Al-Hikmah University and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 96 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 97 and 287 of the same Penal Code.”

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Uwujaren said the defendants pleaded not guilty to the three counts.

Consequently, counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola, asked the court for a date to commence trial and an order to remand the defendants in prison custody.

But, A.T Kamaldeen and Ismail Mustapha representing Nasim and Idris respectively, in separate applications urged the court to admit their clients to bail pending trial and determination of the case.

Justice Oyinloye in a bench ruling admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N3.5million each with one surety in like sum.“The surety must be resident within the jurisdiction of this court and must provide the telephone contacts, residential address, recent passport photographs to the court”, the judge added.

The judge also ordered the defendants to submit their travel documents to the court and, not to travel without the permission of the court pending the determination of the case. He further ordered the defendants to attend all court proceedings while the trial lasts or have their bail revoked.

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