The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has given a blow-by-blow account of how a Point Of Sale (POS) operator, Ibrahim Ozevehe Nasir, stole N763, 603 from his customer account.
A statement issued by the Commission on Thursday, which was obtained by PlatinumPost, said Nasir fraudulently withdrew the sum of N736, 603 from the account of a 72-year old retiree after stealing his SIM card in the process of helping him to transfer some money to an acquaintance.
According to the statement, the retiree had approached him to help transfer some money to an acquaintance and upon handing his phone to the convict to extract the account details for the transaction, Nasir mischievously and fraudulently removed the SIM card.
The customer did not suspect any mischief until he got home and noticed he had lost his SIM card. The following day, he went to his Service provider for a welcome back. Later that evening, upon the reactivation of his SIM card, he noticed that the sum of N736, 603 had been withdrawn from his account.
This prompted him to report to the EFCC resulting in the arraignment of Nasir beforea Kaduna State High Court.
The anti-graft body said Justice Darius Khobo of Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna, on Thursday convicted the POS operator on one count charge bordering on theft.
The one-count charge on which Ibrahim was convicted reads; “That you Ibrahim Ozevehe Nasir ‘m’ on or about the 24th of May, 2021 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kaduna State committed theft of the total sum of N 703,000 ( Seven Hundred and three thousand Naira) only by taking it out of the possession of Mr Akebe Haruna’s bank account domiciled in First Bank Plc with account number 3004560019 and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 270 (1) of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law 2017 and punishable under Section 271 of the same Law’.
He pleaded guilty to the charge, prompting the prosecuting counsel, E.K Garba to ask the court to convict the defendant accordingly. But the defence counsel, Simon Nnadi urged the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant was a first time offender.
Justice Khobo sentenced the defendant to five years imprisonment with the option of a fine of N100, 000.
The convict has since restituted the nominal complainant of the sum obtained by him.