The police had been chasing James Nwagalezi for several months before they finally caught up with him.

The 28-year-old allegedly connived with Okoli Nmesoma, already facing trial, to hack into the mobile app system of Ecobank Plc and unlawfully withdrew N207 million.

The management of the bank at its headquarters in Lagos reported the fraud to the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of Ikoyi Division, SP Tijani Mustapha.

He it was, who directed a crack team led by Inspector Tope Ijatuyi to fish out the suspects.

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Nwagalezi was on Thursday arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court on a four-count charge bordering on felony to wit unlawfully hacking into bank account and stealing, preferred against him by the Police.

Police prosecutor, Inspector Jimoh Joseph, told the court that the defendant and others still at large committed the offence on April 27 at Igboelerin, Okokomaiko, Ojo, Lagos.

He added that “Nwagalezi was arrested after several months of manhunt. His arrest brings the number of suspects arrested and charged to court to six. The Police are still hunting for more suspects involved in the alleged fraud.”

Although he had been running away from police, Nwagalezi pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Magistrate B. I. Bakare granted him N1 million bail, with two sureties in like sum, one of whom must be a community leader.

He adjourned the case till July 4 and ordered that the defendant be remanded at the Ikoyi Prison, pending when he is able to perfect his bail conditions.

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