Nigerian Fintech company, Flutterwave, has s¥ffered a huge financial loss after hackers reportedly transferred over 2.9 billion Naira from their accounts
According to Techpoint Africa, the incident happened in early February, 2023. Documents seen by the publication, reveal that N2,949,557,867 was illegally transferred from the accounts of the African fintech unicorn.
On February 19, 2023, Flutterwave’s legal counsel, Albert Onimole, had reported the case to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, Lagos.
Per Onimole’s letter, the hack on Flutterwave’s accounts occurred about two weeks ago. It was said that the money was initially transferred to 28 accounts in 63 transactions. While the incident was reported to the police on February 13, 2023, with the list of accounts that had received the money, the police could not freeze the funds.
According to Flutterwave, some commercial banks allowed the money to be moved to other accounts, widening the money trail. To investigate accounts holding the st%len funds across various financial institutions in Nigeria, S.A. Adedesin, Legal Officer, State CID, Panti, Yaba, Lagos, filed a suit in the Magistrate Court of Lagos (Yaba Magisterial District sitting at Yaba) to support Flutterwave’s claims.
Per the motion filed by Adebesin, 107 accounts, including fifth beneficiaries of those accounts, are to be placed on lien/Post-No-Debit (PND).
The suit is between the commissioner of police and the following financial institutions: Access Bank, Providus Bank, Union Bank, Keystone Bank, PalmPay, First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Kuda Bank, Zenith Bank, First Bank of Nigeria, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), United Bank for Africa (UBA), Polaris Bank, Wema Bank, Union Bank, Sterling Bank, Ecobank, Paycom, Fidelity Bank, Eyowo, Stanbic IBTC Bank, OPay, VFD Microfinance Bank, Carbon, Moniepoint, Al-Hayat Microfinance Bank, PiggyVest and Nomba (previously Kudi).
However, some customers of some of the financial institutions claimed that their accounts had been frozen in relation to the incident.