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JKUAT Students Hack Bank And Attempt to Steal Ksh 251.1M

JKUAT Student Anne Wambui And Antony Mwangi At The Milimani Law Court

by Muthoni Kimani October 27, 2020

Many were shocked a few days ago when two Information and Technology (IT) students from JKUAT were charged with theft and conspiracy, they hacked a bank and attempted to steal Ksh 215.1 million.

The students reportedly stole Ksh 24.4 million and attempted to move another Ksh 190.7 million before the local bank caught wind of their action.

Antony Mwangi Ngige, 23, and Ann Wambui Nyoike, 21, were arraigned before senior resident magistrate Carolyne Muthoni Njagi .They denied the charges before Ms Njagi at the Milimani Law Courts.

A manhunt was also launched for their classmates who were accused to be part of the hacker group.Counsel from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) told the court that the bank trailed the suspects after one of them notified the institution of a system failure via Twitter;

“It is the first accused who initiated his prosecution process by informing bank authorities that there was a hitch in its system. I request the court to release the suspects on Ksh 100,000 cash bail as they are students who are not financially able to raise a substantial amount.” The suspects' lawyer defended his clients while appearing before Senior Resident Magistrate Carolyne Muthoni Njagi.

He added that the suspect further notified the bank of the hitch via SMS after it failed to respond to his tweet. The suspect was summoned by the bank and he voluntarily honoured the call only to be arrested by law enforcers. Magistrate Njagi released the duo on a cash bail of Ksh 500,000 each or Ksh 2 million bond.

Magistrate Carolyne Muthoni Njagi directed that the case be mentioned virtually on November 10, 2020 for pre-trial directions.

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