JUST IN: 4 Arraigned For Hacking WAEC Website

Police have arraigned four persons accused of hacking into the website of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

The suspects, Samuel Onuora, Patrick Nwodo, Effi ong Joseph and Chijioke Nwachu, were arraigned before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on a 13-count charge bordering on fraud and cybercrime. Th e quartet, according to the prosecuting counsel, P. A. Amadi, illegally gained access into WAEC website and printed questions meant for the May/ June 2017 Secondary School Certifi cate Examination, and sold same to students. Also printed and sold to the students, according to Amadi, were solved answers to the said questions. He said that the off ences contravened section 28(3) of the Cybercrime Prevention and Prohibition Act 2015.

Th e accused persons, who were arrested in Uyo, Umuahia, Enugu and Owerri and transferred to the Police Force Headquarters in Abuja, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. In view of their not guilty plea, Mr. Amadi prayed that they be remanded in Kuje prison, pending the determination of the case against them.

Th e counsel to the defendants, Christopher Eichie, applied for their bail on the grounds that the off ences were bailable. Arguing further, Eichie reminded the court that the defendants had been in police custody for close to two months. Justice Dimgba agreed with Eichie’s submission, and admitted the defendants to bail. He added that the bail was based on own-recognisance of the defendants’ counsel, and ordered him to deposit his call to bar certifi cates with the court. He, however, said that the counsel could apply for the certifi cate each time it was needed. Th e judge also ordered the defendants to provide one surety each, who should be either a businessman or a civil servant, and adjourned the matter to October 12, for commencement of trial. (NAN)

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