Man with 2,886 ATM cards, 4 Sims arrested at Lagos Airport, hands over to EFCC
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday said it has commenced investigations unravel collaborators and other behind a suspected fraudster who was arrested for concealing 2,886 Automated Teller Machine(ATM) cards and four Subscriber Identification Module( SIM) cards in noodles.
The suspect, Ishaq Abubakar was handed over to the EFCC by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)on Thursday, September 10, 2020 for investigation and prosecution.
Abubakar was arrested by officers of the Customs Service at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on his way to Dubai with 2,886 ATM cards and four GSM SIM cards carefully concealed in parks of noodles.
According to the NCS Deputy Comptroller, Enforcement, Abudulmumuni Bako: “Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service at the Departure Hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, on August 22, 2020, intercepted the suspect with 2,886 ATM cards and four SIM cards, which he carefully concealed in parks of Noodles.”
“The suspect, who claimed to have come from Kano to travel to Dubai aboard the Emirate Evacuation flight, was seen with someone who was assigned to facilitate his movement through the airport checks.
“This raised the suspicion of the officers who insisted he should be physically and thoroughly checked after the scan machine had revealed he was carrying parks of noodles,” he said.
Receiving the suspect, the EFCC Lagos zonal head, AbdulRasheed Bawa assured the NCS that the Commission would duly investigate the suspect and any other party that might be involved in the alleged criminal offence.
“On behalf of the Commission and the acting Chairman, Mr. Muhammed Umar, we have taken over Ishaq, and I can assure you that we are going to investigate the matter thoroughly and unveil everybody involved in the syndicate.
“There are a number of possibilities. There is an element of conspiracy, foreign exchange (FOREX) malpractices and money laundering. Indeed, banks and bankers are definitely involved,“ Bawa said.
He noted that there is a possibility that the suspect is a member of a network, adding that “In recent months, we have observed a trend in which unsuspecting Nigerians are lured into opening accounts to be bought at a fee.
“Most bankers are not carrying out their duties with due diligence, particularly the Know Your Customers, KYC, procedural check,” he said.