The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Kaduna Zonal office, yesterday secured the conviction of six SIM swap fraudsters in Kaduna.
The convicts, who were said to have stolen a sum of N2,911, 840.00( two million, nine hundred and eleven thousand, eight hundred and forty naira) from the Diamond Bank (now Access Bank) account of one Abdulrauf Bolaji with account number 0109150254 which after his SIM swap, was transferred to several accounts without his consent, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 58(1)(a) of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under Section 59(2) of the same Law.
The convicts, Okafor Samuel Obinna, Chigbo Pascal Chidi, Oha Chukwujekwu, Ahamefula Francis Izuchukwu, Ugonna Nelson Owete and Ikenna Henry, were arraigned on the 10th of October, 2019 before Justice Mohammed Tukur of the State High Court sitting in Kaduna on a two-count ammended charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretences.
They had pleaded not guilty to the charges against them but later opted for a plea bargain.
Usman Liman, counsel to the defendants prayed the court to temper justice with mercy while sentencing.
Justice Tukur consequently convicted and sentenced the six defendants to five years in prison with an option of N500,000 ( five hundred thousand naira) fine each.
The judge also ordered that, in addition to the fine, Ugonna Nelson Owete and Ikenna Henry are to serve a mandatory five months each in prison starting from the date of their arrest and ordered the convicts to write an undertaking of good behaviour, after serving their jail term, to the EFCC.
Sa’ad asked the court to fix a date for commencement of the trial of Jessica who pleaded not guilty to the charges against her. The case was adjourned to October 15, 2019 for hearing of her bail application.