Airtel Official Jailed 5 Years Over N2.2m Fraud

Airtel Official Jailed 5 Years Over N2.2m Fraud

A customer Service representative of Airtel Nigeria Limited, Jeremiah Mustapha, was today, convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment, by an Igbosere Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, for facilitating a fraud of N2.2 million.

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

Both the convict and his accomplice, pleaded not guilty when arraigned before the court and were admitted to bail in various terms and conditions.

When their trial commenced, the second defendant became mentally incapacitated, could not continue with the trial, the situation that left the convict to carry on with the trial.

At the resumed hearinyof the matter today, which was slated for judgment, Magistrate Mrs A. G. Omoyele, who handed down the verdict, sentenced Mustapha after finding him guilty of five counts out of all the nine-count charge preferred against him by the police.

Consequently, Omoleye sentenced Mustapha to one year on each of the five counts and ordered that the sentence should run concurrently.

She sentenced him without an option of fine and ordered that the sentence should take effect from the day of sentencing.

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

Osuji said that the first defendant, Mustapha, used his position as the Customer Service representative of Airtel Nigeria Limited and diverted all short messages service (sms), alerts and calls from an Airtel no. 08023843032 belonging to one Kazeem Dele to a fraudster phone number.

The prosecutor said that the defendant unlawfully disconnected all network services linked to the Airtel number above 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,” 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. (N