A 54-year-old man, Abayomi Adewunmi, has been arrested by the police for allegedly forging the licence of a Lagos-based firm, Nucleus Ventures Limited, to import four vehicles into Nigeria. The police alleged that Adewunmi and other suspects at large hacked into the company’s data on the website of the Nigeria Customs Service to process shipping documents, which he used to import the vehicles – two Toyota Prado Jeeps, a Toyota 4runner and a Mercedes Benz GLE.
Saturday PUNCH learnt that Customs discovered the fraudulent act after the vehicles had been cleared, and suspended its import licence. The agency was said to have subsequently notified the firm, which deals in manufacturing of paper products. It was learnt that a letter was addressed to the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation to assist in unearthing the particulars of the vehicles.
Following the information provided by the ministry, the case was reported at the Olosan Police Station and Adewunmi was tracked down. The police alleged that the suspect altered the data of the firm on the website after hacking its username and password.