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I pray before I divert people's money, online banking fraud suspect says

- Police have arrested a suspected fraudster, Ayoola Olalekan, in Osun state

- The suspect confessed to have hacked and withdrawn money from the account of innocent people

- Olalekan, however, said that he consulted both Christian and Islamic clerics before he hacked the accounts

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A 27-year-old suspected Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) hacker in Osun state, Ayoola Olalekan, has been arrested by the police.

The Nation reports that the suspect said he dropped out of secondary school before going into crime.

While speaking on why he started the business of hacking people’s bank accounts, Olalekan said at a point, he went to learn an aluminum job but left it to start this ‘wire-wire job’ which was paying him well.

I pray before I divert people's money, online banking fraud suspect says

The Osun state command of Nigeria police has arrested an online banking fraud suspect, Ayoola Olalekan. Credit: @PoliceNG
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He said he was introduced to the job in Mushin, Lagos, adding that his master is now in Dubai.

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Speaking on how he was arrested with an armed robbery gang, the suspect noted that a boy called Samuel asked him to hack a SIM card and transfer the money in the account of the owner.

He said he checked the phone but could not find any contact and Bank Verification Number (BVN) of the victim, adding that he logged into the iCloud account but could not find any clue to hack the bank account until he logged-in to the email address of the phone.

The suspect said it is difficult for the police to track him because he didn't make mistakes, adding that when he gets an alert from the SIM that he needs to withdraw money from, he opens another fictitious account using the BVN of his previous victim.

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Olalekan stressed that he goes to mosques and churches to pray for God’s mercy before he starts hacking into his victim’s bank account and withdraws their money.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the police command at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, arrested five suspects who allegedly deal in selling fake COVID-19 certificates to people.

It was reported that the police suspects, Achibong Idonrenyin, Moses Samuel, Popoola Adewale, Wale Aderele and Abdulmalik Ibrahim, were paraded over the alleged sale of the fake certificate to unsuspecting travelers within the precinct of the airport.


Wale Akinola is a passionate journalist and researcher. He works as a senior political/current affairs editor at Legit.ng. He holds both B.A and Master’s degree in Communications and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan. He also holds a Diploma Certificate in Peace Journalism. He has over 15 years of work experience in both print and online media. He derives joy in keeping the public abreast of current happenings locally and internationally through his writings.

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