The Kaduna zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday July 29, 2020 secured the conviction of Aigbuwa Innocent Onolememen on a two count charge bordering on theft and impersonation.
Onolememen got into trouble, when one Zulaikha Yusuf reported a case of theft to the EFCC, alleging that, sometime on July 20, 2018, she received a phone call purportedly from a staff of First Bank, requesting for her banking details, under the guise of using them to fix some issues regarding her accounts, which she ignorantly obliged. Yusuf said that she was instructed to switch off her mobile phone for one hour and she did. However, when she switched the phone on, she received debit alerts of about N498,500( Four Hundred and Ninety Eight Thousand, Five Hundred Naira only) withdrawn from her two bank accounts.
Investigations showed that, the money was transferred into five different accounts bearing different names, domiciled with Ecobank. It was also discovered that multiple mobile lines were recharged from the accounts, with one of the lines found with the suspect.
When the matter came up for arraignment on Wednesday, before Justice Mu'azu Tukur of the Kaduna State High Court,
Onolememen pleaded guilty to the two count charges, prompting the EFCC counsel, Onyeka Ekweozor to ask for his conviction and sentence.
Justice Tukur thereafter sentenced him to six months imprisonment without an option of fine, the defendant is also to restitute the victim the sum of N498, 500 stolen from her.
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