Innocent Clinton and Emmanuel Okanni, who hail from Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, were convicted on a two count charge of conspiracy and theft.
The duo was arraigned before Justice Sa’ad Muhammad of the Gombe State High Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The convicts specialized in duping bank customers by obtaining their bank verification numbers, tricking them that their accounts had been closed due to BVN issues.
They were apprehended in Imo State by the operatives of the Gombe Zonal office of the EFCC following a petition by one Ibrahim Gwamna, who alleged that on December 7, 2016, he received a call from one Kingsley who presented himself as a Diamond Bank staff and asked him if his mobile banking was working.
He eventually received a text message from Diamond Bank instructing him to call a specific phone number to lodge his complaint.
Apparently after the call, he received an alert that the sum of N864,000 was transferred from his account into the convict’s accounts.
The two accused pleaded guilty to the charge and were consequently sentenced to six months imprisonment each with the option of N30,000 fine.