Two Nigerians Hack Into Ghana Armed Forces Mail

Two Nigerians have been
arrested for allegedly
attempting to divert $13,978
belonging to Ghanaian
peacekeepers after they had
succeeded in hacking into the
e-mails of the Ghana Armed
Forces (GAF).
The suspects, Peter Okechukwu,
32, and Emmanuel Ifedi, 31,
were arrested by officials of the
Criminal Investigations
Department (CID) of the Ghana
Police Service at a branch of
the United Bank of Africa
(UBA), in Accra, where they had
gone to cash the money.
According to the Director General
of the CID, Commissioner of Police,
Mr Prosper Agblor, in November,
this year, the two suspects
managed to enter the e-mails of
Continental African Trading Limited
(CATAL) and the United Nations
Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)
GHANBATT 76 and intercepted all
electronic communications
between the two parties.
CATAL, an international
organisation, had been supplying
home appliances to Ghanaian
peacekeeping troops on various
missions at different locations in
the world.
Recently CATAL was contacted as
usual by the GAF to supply home
appliances for UNIFIL GHANBATT 
76 peacekeeping troops in
Lebanon.
Mr Agblor said there was
correspondence between CATAL and
the military through the Internet
concerning the supply of the items.
Somewhere along the line, he said,
the e-mails between GAF and CATAL
were hacked into by the two
Nigerians who intercepted all mails
from both ends and replied them
as if they were coming from the
rightful receivers of the email.
Mr Agblor said the two suspects
using the identity of CATAL sent an
email to the military instructing
them to pay cash in the sum of
$13,978 into a United Bank for
Africa account number
01011651102235 as part payment
for the supply of the goods.
Upon receipt of the information,
the GAF transfered $13,978 into
the account as instructed by the
two suspects.
Mr Agblor said CATAL realised that
the military had suddenly stopped
communicating with them on
matters relating to the transfer of
the money so they followed up
with a phone call and detected that
the military had paid an amount of
$13,978 into an account number
supplied by them.
He said it was at that stage that
they both realised that someone
had hacked into their emails and
quickly reported the issue to the
Documentation and Visa Fraud Unit
of the CID.
Mr Agblor said that the Business
Development Manager of CATAL
reported the case to the police and
checks at the bank revealed that
the money had not yet been
cashed by the suspects.
The police therefore mounted
surveillance at the bank awaiting
the arrival of the suspects.
According to Mr Agblor, on
November 11, 2012, Peter
Okechukwu who happened to be
the owner of the said account was
arrested when he turned up at the
bank to cash the amount.
Upon interrogation, the police said,
Okechukwu admitted to the offence
but mentioned Emmanuel Ifedi as
the master brain behind the whole
deal and led the police to his house
at Ashaley Botwe, an Accra suburb.
He said investigations were still on-
going after which the two would be
put before court.
Source: Mary Mensah/Daily
Graphic/Ghana

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