Airtel customer care representative of Airtel Nigeria Limited, Jeremiah Mustapha, was on Tuesday sentenced to five years imprisonment by the Lagos State Magistrate Court at Igbosere for facilitating a N2.2m fraud.
Mustapha was indicted on June 14, 2017, alongside a man named Nurudeen Salmu on nine counts which includes stealing, conspiracy, fraud, diverting messages from a phone number to another.
It was understood that both of them and others at large, committed crimes on October 10, 2016, in which Mustapha used his position as Airtel customer care agent to divert all the SMS and calls from an Airtel number 08023843032 belonging to Mr. Kazeem Dele to another number.
According to the prosecutor, Cyriacus Osuji, he said Mustapha unlawfully disconnected all network services linked to the number without the permission of the owner.
Osuji said that the mobile number swap helped the second defendant to steal the sum of N2.2 million from the Skye Bank account of the complainant. The second defendant made a fake signature of the complainant, falsely represented himself as the owner of the account, and took the said sum from the account.
The offence were said to contravene section 287, 333(1), 340, 334, 365(1), 337, 380, 441 and 415 of the criminal law of Lagos State.
During the court hearing, Salimu was mentally unable to continue with the trial.
Giving the judgement on Tuesday, Magistrate A. G. Omoyele sentenced Mustapha to one year imprisonment on each count of the five out of nine counts without an option of fine.
The Judge declared that his jail term will run concurrently.