By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has narrated how he assisted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to apprehend a cybercrime expert whose aim was to swindle him and his friends.
Fashola disclosed that the suspect had been hacking into his account shortly after assuming office as governor of Lagos State between 2007 and 2015.
He made the revelation on Monday while clearing the air on the allegations that the suspect had defrauded him of N3.1 million
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Communication, Hakeem Bello, on Monday night, the Lagos ex-governor disclosed that the said Yahoo Boy is currently being prosecuted by the anti-graft agency.
He noted that he sets different traps for the suspects and did not allow anyone other than him trail the suspect.
Fashola explained that he, assisted by EFCC, apprehended the suspects when he felt all necessary details that would easily aid his arrest had been gotten.
“Having persistently hacked into accounts for over a period of six years, the suspect was tracked by the Minister until enough evidence was gathered which was then passed on to the security agencies”.
The minister, who said he neither knew nor transacted any business with the suspect involved or would have led to his being swindled, explained that the amount being mentioned was the worth of Air Miles which the suspect derived from fraudulently hacking into his (Minister’s) internet account and creating a false identity with which he, among other benefits, bought first-class tickets to various parts of the world”.