N2.2m fraud: Court sentences Airtel official to five years in prison

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A Magistrates’ Court in Igbosere, Lagos, on Tuesday sentenced a customer service representative of Airtel Nigeria Ltd, Jeremiah Mustapha, to five years in correctional centre, for facilitating a N2.2 million fraud.

Mr Mustapha, 32, was arraigned on June 14, 2017, alongside one Nurudeen Salimu, 35, on a nine-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, fraud and diverting messages from a phone number to another.

They pleaded not guilty and were granted bail.

However, the second defendant became mentally incapacitated and could not continue with the trial.

The Magistrate, A. G. Omoyele, in handing down the verdict, sentenced Mr Mustapha after finding him guilty of five of the nine-count charge preferred against him by the police.

The magistrate sentenced Mr Mustapha to one year on each of the five counts and ordered that the sentence should run concurrently.

She did not give the defendant an option of fine and ordered that the sentence should take effect from the day of sentencing.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Cyriacus Osuji, told the court that the duo and others at large committed the offences on October 10, 2016, in Lagos.

Mr Osuji, a police sergeant, said the first defendant used his position as the in Airtel Nigeria Ltd and diverted all short messages service (sms), alerts and calls from an Airtel no. 0802384XXXX, belonging to one Kazeem Dele, to a fraudster’s phone number.

The prosecutor said that the defendant unlawfully disconnected all network services linked to the Airtel number without the consent of the owner.

“The number swap aided the second defendant to steal the sum of N2.2 million from the Skye Bank account of the complainant.

“The second defendant forged the signature of the complainant, falsely represented himself as the owner of the account and withdrew the said sum from the account,” Mr Osuji said.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravened Sections 287, 333(1), 340, 334, 365(1), 337, 380, 411and 415 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. (NAN)



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