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Update: RIB Recovers Rwf2.9M From Recent Cyber Attackers In Equity Bank

Taarifa has confirmed that by the time of the recent arrest of ten notorious money fradustars, Rwf2.9 million had been stolen from 10 separate accounts in Equity Bank Rwanda, mainly through bank agents.

We can confirm that RIB has so far recovered all the money and will be refunded to the victims.

Contrary to media earlier reports in some local publications, Equity Bank has confirmed that indeed Rwf2.9 was stolen from at least 10 different accounts.

Had it not been detected on time, the operation was smooth enough to meticulously clean up a good number of accounts.

“Their plan was to get small amounts from as many accounts as possible,” says Equity Bank Managing Director, Hannington  Namara. “We can comfortably say they failed.”

Namara told us that the Bank has been collaborating with security agents to trail the scammers from the time they entered Rwanda from Uganda after hitting some banks in Uganda and Kenya.

Taarifa has also established the full names of the suspects.

1. Dedan Muchiki (K)
2. Erickson Macharia Kinyua (K)
3. Kamau Damars Njeri (K)
4. Mwangi Reuben Kirongothi (K)
5. Steven Maina Wambugu (K)
6. Eric Dickson Njangi Mutegi (K)
7. Samuel Wachira Nyunguto (K)
8. Godfrey Gachiri Githinji (K)
9. John Kibengo (Ug)

We are yet to establish the name of the Rwandan suspect.

Meanwhile prosecution has already received a file with charges, but no details regarding the case have been shared. Investigators are still looking into the case for further possible leads.

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