Phone repairer docked over alleged illegal online money transfer

A Gudu Upper Area Court in Abuja on Friday admitted a phone repairer, Lukman Ibrahim, to N20,000 bail over alleged illegal transfer of  N15,000 from a customer’s online account.

Ibrahim, 34, of Kado Estate in Abuja, is facing a two-count charge of criminal breach of trust and theft.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Judge, Mr Umar Kagarko, admitted the defendant to the bail with a reliable surety in like sum.

Kagarko adjourned hearing in the matter until July 19.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Kufreabasi Ebong, had told the court that the defendant illegally activated his customer’s GTBank online account and transferred the amount from it.

Ebong said that the complainant, one Ishaya Aliyu of Area 1, Garki, reported the matter at the Garki Police Station on May 17.

According to the prosecutor, the complainant gave his handset to the defendant for repairs, but he accessed his pin code and stole N15,000 from the complainant’s GTBank online account by transferring same.

“In the course of police investigations, it was discovered that Ibrahim transferred the money into another GTBank account belonging to one Lawal Abdurahman,’’ Ebong said.

He said that the defendant went to collect the money from the said Abdurahman after the transfer.

Ebong said that the offences contravened sections 311 and 287 of the Penal Code Act.

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