EFCC ar­rests man with 849 ATM cards

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

The Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) said it has ar­rested one Yasir Sal­ihu Ab­dul­lahi for at­tempt­ing to leave the coun­try with 849 Au­to­mated Teller Ma­chine cards.

A state­ment yes­ter­day by EFCC spokesman, Wil­son Uwu­jaren said the com­mis­sion has stepped up in­ves­ti­ga­tion to de­ter­mine how Ab­dul­lahi came by a to­tal of 849 ATM cards of var­i­ous Nige­rian banks.

He said the com­mis­sion was also work­ing to de­ter­mine the rea­son the cards were be­ing shipped out of the coun­try.

Uwu­jaren said Ab­dul­lahi was ar­rested at the Malam Aminu Kano In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Fri­day Au­gust 3, 2017, as he pre­pared to board an Egypt Air head­ing for Dubai, United Arab Emi­rates.

Ab­dul­lahi was said to have been in­ter­cepted af­ter a scan of his lug­gage by of­fi­cers of the Nige­ria Cus­toms Ser­vice re­vealed the sus­pi­cious items.

He said the of­fi­cers then alerted the EFCC’s of­fice in Kano.

Uwu­jaren said EFCC op­er­a­tives dis­cov­ered that he had: 490 Guaranty Trust Bank ATM cards, 287 ATM cards of Ac­cess Bank, 49 ATM cards of Eco Bank, 10 ATM cards of UBA, six ATM cards of Stan­bic IBTC Bank, four ATM cards of Zenith Bank, one ATM card each of Ster­ling Bank, Stan­dard Char­tered Bank and First City Mon­u­ment Bank.

He said an­other sus­pected fraud­ster, Ma Yong­bin alias Suleiman Yunusa, a 46-yearold Chi­nese Na­tional was also ar­rested on Au­gust 3 by Avi­a­tion Se­cu­rity at the Kano Air­port as he tried to board Egypt Air to China.

He was ar­rested at the Bag­gage check­ing point, where he was found to have in his pos­ses­sion the sum of N305, 000 (Three Hun­dred and Five Thou­sand Naira) in N5 de­nom­i­na­tion.

He was even­tu­ally handed over to the com­mis­sion for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

EFCC said the two sus­pects have made use­ful state­ments, and they have also been granted ad­min­is­tra­tive bail while in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue.

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