A Kano Magistrate Court No 52 sitting at Nomans–Land, Kano State, on Friday, sentenced three fraudsters to 18 months in prison over an attempt to defraud unsuspecting bank customers.
According to the First Information Report (FIR) filed before the court, the convicted persons, namely Yusuf Hassan, Bilal Musa Ibrahim and Salisu Ibrahim attempted to infiltrate the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) network facilities with the intent to illicitly swap GSM SIM cards with the motive to retrieve information that would aid them defraud the accounts of bank customers.
During the proceeding, the prosecution led by Barrister Rabiu I. Mohammed, OC Legal of the NSCDC informed the court that the management of NCC alerted NSCDC Kano State command of suspected attempts by unscrupulous elements to infiltrate its communication gadgets.
It was disclosed that the perpetrators attempted to illegally swap some SIM cards with the motive to retrieve private banking details that were stored inside the SIM cards, the court heard.
Barrister Mohammed further informed the court that NSCDC on receiving the complaint from NCC swung into action which led to the arrest of three suspected persons, explaining that they were apprehended at Farm Centre Quarters located within Kano metropolis, adding that the four other suspects residing in Lagos were still at large.
He said the arraigned “Yahoo Boys” committed the acts of criminal conspiracy, mischief and attempt to commit criminal fraud, noting that their actions infringed on the provisions of section 97, 334 and 95 of the Penal Code laws.
The trio arraigned before the court confessed to the crime and pleaded for leniency, stating that they have nothing to say on why they should not be punished by the court.
The presiding magistrate, Haulatu Magaji in her ruling stated that the suspected “Yahoo Boys” were guilty as charged.
She ordered the trio to proceed on six months jail term on each of the counts charged for with an option of the payment of N10,000 fine on each of the counts as charged.