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AIICO Insurance Marketer Allegedly Defraud Policyholder of N73.3m

AIICO Insurance Plc, a top insurance company in Nigeria, is facing challenges in recovering N73,380 million allegedly defrauded by one of its marketing officers, Chidinma Kalu.

The marketing officer reportedly deceived policyholders into investing in Single Premium and Life Insurance Policies using electronic methods. She manipulated AIICO’s database and computer systems to carry out the fraud.

Following her evasion, she was apprehended by the Lagos State Police Command’s Criminal Investigation Department after a sting operation. Subsequently, she was charged in a Lagos Chief Magistrate’s Court after the investigation concluded.

However, while the matter was withdrew from the magistrate court, a 15 count-charge was filed against her before a Lagos Federal High Court.

Meanwhile, the Marketing Officer, Chidinma Kalu, has been arraigned before a Lagos Federal High Court, on a 15 count-charge of conspiracy, forgery and cybercrimes and fraud of N73, 380, 000 million, before Justice Friday Ogazi.

The prosecutor, Barrister Joseph Ebosereme, while arraigning the defendant, informed the court that she committed the alleged crimes between the year 2018 and the month of May, 2023.

The prosecutor, told the court that the Marketing Officer conspired with some others now at large to commit the offences.

He told the court that the Marketing Officer illegal acts contravened sections 27, 14(2), 33 (1) 17(3), 36(2), of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention ETC ) Act Laws of Federal Republic of Nigeria 2015.

Parts of the 15 counts charge read: “That you Chidinma Kalu ’F’ and others at large on or before the year 2018 at AlICO Insurance premises at Ikeja area of Lagos and Island Area of Lagos, within the Federal High Court Lagos judicial division did conspire amongst yourself to commit felony to wit; manipulating of computer devices, TAMPERING OF AiiCO Insurance Data Base to defraud, and forgery and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 27 of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention ETC ) Act Laws of Federal Republic of Nigeria 2015.

“That you Chidinma Kalu ’’F’ and others at large between the year 2018 and the month of May, 2023 while in the employment of AIiCO insurance Company Plc as Marketer at Ikeja area of Lagos and Island Area of Lagos, in the Federal High Court, Lagos judicial division with intent to defraud, without authorization from the management of your employer AIICO Insurance Company Plc, cause the lost of Twenty Five Million Four Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira, (N25, 460; 000;00) which part was transferred into your account and part AIICO insurance account by different insured persons by altering And/or Suppressing the Data base of your company as contained in the company computer system and thereby committed an offence! contrary to and punishable under Section 14 of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention ETC ) Act, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2015.

“That you Chidinma Kalu ’F’ and others at large on or before the year 2018 at AlICO Insurance premises at Ikeja area of Lagos and Island Area of Lagos, within the Federal High Court Lagos judicial division did conspire amongst yourself to commit felony to wit; manipulating of computer devices, TAMPERING OF AiiCO Insurance Data Base to defraud, and forgery and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 27 of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention ETC ) Act Laws of Federal Republic of Nigeria 2015.

“That you Chidinma Kalu ‘F and others at large between the year 2018 and the month of May, 2023 while in the employment of Aiico Insurance Company pic as marketer at Ikeja area of Lagos and ISLAND Area of Lagos, within the Federal High Court Lagos Judicial Division fraudulently redirect the sum of Twenty Two Million Naira (N22,000;000;00) which was transferred to AIICO Insurance Plc financial account BY one Okwuma Ikenna Thadeus to Rosemary Amos and Azubike Amos and other accounts Electronically, contrary to and Punishable under Section 36(2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition and Prevention) Act Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2015.

“That you Chidinma Kalu ‘F’ and others at large, between the year 2019 and May 2023 while in the employment of AllCO Insurance Company Plc as marketer at Ikeja area of Lagos and Island area of Lagos, within the Federal High Court, Lagos Judicial Division fraudulently redirect the sum of Five Million And Fifty Thousand Naira (N5,050;000;00) which was transferred to AIICO Insurance Plc Financial Account By Stanley Osabhe Idemudia to Rosemary Amos and Azubike Amos and others account Electronically, contrary to and punishable under Section 36(2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2015.”

The defendant denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to all the counts of the charge.

Following her not guilty plea, the prosecutor asked for a trial date, and also urged the court to remand her at the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS) facility, till the determination of the charge.

But lawyer to the Marketing Officer, P. O. Ogunnubi, informed the court that he had filed his client’s bail application and same has been served on the prosecutor. Adding that his client was formerly charges before a magistrate court in Lagos before been brought to court for another charge on the same matter

He therefore urged the court to admit his client to the most liberal terms, saying that his client has never for once jump bail while standing trial of the matter at the lower court.

In his ruling on the bail application, Justice Ogazi admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N5 million with one surety in like sum.

The judge ordered that the sureties could be either a Civil servant in Grade Level 12 and above or a landed property owner with Certificate of Occupancy. Adding that the surety must submit their two passports photograph and evidence of tax payment.

The judge while adjourning the matter to May 29, for trial, ordered that the defendant be remanded in NCoS’ custody till when she is able to meet the bail terms.

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