BY OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos
Justice Ayotunde Faji of the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday remanded one Chimezie Chuta in prison custody for allegedly hacking into the online bookstores of Living Faith Church, popularly called Winners Chapel, “dominionstore.org”.
Justice Faji ordered that Chuta be kept in prison pending when his application for bail will be heard after he was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on a two count-charge bordering on cyber crime.
The anti-graft agency in a charge marked FHC/L/441c/17, alleged that the accused had on March 8, 2016, for the purpose of conferring economic benefit, and without authority altered the data of Dominion bookstores online platform “dominionstore.org”, belonging to Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners Chapel.
He was also accused of creating a counterfeit of the said church’s online platform, “dominionstores.org”.
The actions, the EFCC said have caused the church to lose the Dominion Bookstores, publishing unit of the church.
The offences according to the prosecutor, Ahmed Yerima, are contrary to and punishable under sections 14 and 16 of the Cybercrimes (prohibition, prevention etc) Act. 2015.
The accused person, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Based on his plea, the prosecutor asked the court for a trial date, while also asking the court to remand the accused person in prisons custody pending trial.
But lawyer to the accused, A Osagie, urged the court not to send his client to prison, rather, he beg the court to order the EFCC to accommodate him.
Osagie also told the court that he was only briefed of the matter on Tuesday evening, which made it impossible for him to file the bail application before he was brought to court. He therefore urged for short date to enable him properly bring the application before the court.
Justice Faji adjourned the matter till February 26 and 27, 2018, for trial.