The ATM playing cards
Ishaq Abubakar, a Dubai-bound passenger, has been handed over to the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee following his arrest with 2,886 Automated Teller Machine playing cards and 4 Subscriber Identification Module playing cards hid inside cartons of noodles, The PUNCH experiences.
PUNCH Metro learnt that suspect with passport quantity A08333717 was arrested by the personnel of the Nigeria Customs Service on the Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport, Lagos, whereas travelling to Dubai, United Arab Emirates on August 22, 2020, by way of the Emirates evacuation flight.
The Deputy Controller, Enforcement, NCS, Abdulmumin Bako, whereas handing the suspect to the EFCC throughout a media briefing in Lagos on Thursday, mentioned Abubakar was arrested on the Departure Corridor of the airport.
Bako, who represented the Customs Space Comptroller, A. Ma’aji, mentioned, “Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service on the Departure Corridor of the Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport, on August 22, 2020, intercepted the suspect with 2,886 ATM playing cards and 4 SIM playing cards, which he fastidiously hid in packs of noodles.
“The suspect, who claimed to have come from Kano to journey to Dubai aboard the Emirates evacuation flight, was seen with one Mr Musliu, who was assigned to facilitate his motion by way of the airport checks, however the diligence of our officers, who insisted on conducting a bodily examination, revealed the concealment.”
The Lagos Zonal Head, EFCC, AbdulRasheed Bawa, whereas receiving the suspect, mentioned the ATM playing cards could possibly be used for cash laundering or overseas trade malpractices, including that everybody concerned within the conspiracy could be arrested and prosecuted by the fee.
He acknowledged, “On behalf of the fee and the appearing Chairman, Mr Muhammed Umar, we now have taken over Ishaq Abubakar and I can guarantee you that we’re going to examine the matter totally and unveil all people concerned within the syndicate.
“There are a number of prospects; there is a component of conspiracy, overseas trade malpractices and cash laundering and certainly, banks and bankers are concerned.”