Airtel customer support consultant Jeremiah Mustapha conspired with a fraudster, Nurudeen Salimu, to defraud one in all Airtel Nigeria’s N2.2 million subscribers via using his telephone quantity. Mustapha forwarded Airtel subscriber messages, alerts and calls to the fraudster, to permit him to do the subscriber’s immersion within the financial institution, and likewise disconnected the road from the community to cover his actions.
It’s mentioned that Salimu went to the financial institution to behave as proprietor of the account for him to entry and withdraw the N2.2 million. The present proprietor of the account has been recognized as Kazeem Dele. His signature was solid to withdraw cash from Skye Financial institution. They dedicated the crime on October 10, 2016 in Lagos.
In keeping with Sgt. Cyriacus Osuji, Mustapha used his place at Airtel Nigeria to assist with fraud, this led to a cost base of 9 accounts for conspiracy, theft, fraud and diversion of messages from one telephone quantity to a different, an act which is opposite to Sections 287, 333 (1), 340, 334, 365 (1), 337, 380, 411 and 415 of the Lagos State Felony Legislation, 2015.
“The swap quantity helped the second accused to steal the sum of N2.2 million from the plaintiff’s Skye Checking account.” Osuji mentioned, including that “The second defendant solid the complainant’s signature, falsely represented himself because the proprietor of the account and withdrew the mentioned sum from the account,” Osuji mentioned.
Solely Mustapha Will Face the Time period of Imprisonment:
The conspiracy case to commit fraud was initiated on June 14, 2017, and through the choice of Justice of the Peace Mrs AG Omoyele to the Igbosere Magistrates Courtroom, Mustapha – who was initially launched on bail with the his conspirator, Salimu – was charged with 5 counts out of 9 counts introduced towards him by the Police.
He was sentenced to 5 years in jail – one yr for every depend – and not using a tremendous possibility, whereas the jail will take impact instantly and final concurrently. In the meantime, Salimus ’monitor was stopped after he turned mentally incapacitated. Different people who’ve conspired with them are nonetheless at giant.
Huge Subscribers at Danger In Africa’s Largest Telecommunications Market:
The fraud perpetrated by Mustapha, Salimu and different conspirators exhibits the extent of threat of subscribers of community suppliers in Nigeria. At present, MTN Nigeria, Airtel Nigeria, Globacom and 9mobile are the main community suppliers working in Nigeria. Amongst these firms, the trade has greater than 190 million energetic subscribers to phone companies and 138.3 million energetic information customers, making it the biggest in Africa.
Because the variety of smartphone customers grows within the nation – which is roughly between 25 and 40 million in response to Statista – so does the variety of subscribers in danger when weighing the subscribers of every telecommunications firm; MTN Nigeria has the biggest subscriber base with 74.6.9 million subscribers, Globacom has 51.8 million subscribers, Airtel Nigeria has 51.2 million subscribers and 9 cellular accounts for 12.5 million subscribers.