Active and retired civil servants were foiled in their attempt to steal N4.5 billion from the Treasury Single Account (TSA) by the Department of State Services (DSS), according to a statement issued by the agency on Tuesday.
The group, according to the DSS, intended to hack the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System which is located in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF).
Tony Opuiyo, who issued the DSS statement detailing the arrest to the media, stated that the DSS agents were merely doing their part to assist the government in its fight against corruption.
Mr. Opuiyo noted that the gang was led by Sunny Okoh, a hacker who worked with Uwem Ekpo, a Chief Program Analyst in the OAGF, Maxwell Eken, a retired security operative, and Dozie Egwu who still remains at large.
The successful foiling of this scam allowed the Federal Government to avoid extreme embarrassment, according to Mr. Opuiyo.
The suspects have been handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).