2 POS agents steal employer’s N942m in Lagos – Police


In a high-stakes legal proceeding before the Ebute-Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State, the spotlight falls on Chigozie Omeje and Irene Andrew, two Point of Sale (POS) agents accused of perpetrating a sophisticated financial fraud. The duo, facing charges of conspiracy, cybercrime, and theft, allegedly orchestrated the theft of a staggering N942 million belonging to their employer, Shago POS Terminals. The charges stem from a series of illicit transactions occurring between June and July, where the defendants are accused of manipulating the POS system’s security features to siphon off substantial funds.

According to the prosecution led by ASP Jimoh Joseph, the defendants exploited their positions at Shago POS Terminals to execute a well-orchestrated scheme. Their modus operandi involved using a POS machine to tamper with the security protocols, enabling the unauthorized transfer of funds. This audacious act violated Section 12 of the Cybercrime (Prohibition and Prevention) Act, 2015, and incurred penalties outlined in Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Despite the grave allegations, both Omeje and Andrew pleaded not guilty during their court appearance. Their plea sets the stage for a legal battle that has captured the attention of legal experts and the public alike.

In response to the charges, Chief Magistrate Mrs. F. M. Kayode Alamu granted the defendants bail, albeit under stringent conditions. Each defendant was required to furnish a bail amount of N1 million and present two sureties. Notably, one of these sureties must be a blood relation of the accused, adding a layer of complexity to the bail process. Additionally, both sureties were mandated to provide concrete evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government, underlining the seriousness of the charges and the need for stringent oversight.

The case, which has gripped the local legal landscape, is scheduled for mention on October 31st, marking the beginning of what promises to be a closely watched legal battle. As the judicial process unfolds, it remains to be seen how the defense and prosecution will navigate the complexities of this high-profile financial crime case. The outcome will undoubtedly have significant implications for the realm of cybercrime prosecution and financial security in the digital age.

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