Customs nabs Dubai-bound passenger with 2,886 ATM cards at Lagos airport

Customs nabs Dubai-bound passenger with 2,886 ATM cards at Lagos airport

- The NCS on Thursday, September 10, arrested a Kano passenger at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA)

- The suspect, Ishaq Abubakar, was found with 2,886 Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards

- Officers also found four SIM cards in his possession which were carefully hidden in a carton of noodles

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The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) command on Thursday, September 10, arrested a passenger on his way to Dubai with 2,886 Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards.

According to Abdulmumin Bako, the deputy controller of the NCS in charge of the MMIA, the suspect, one Ishaq Abubakar, was also in possession of four Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards.

Bako, after a preliminary investigation, disclosed that Abubakar, who intended to travel to Dubai via Emirates Evacuation flight, is from Kano state with passport number A08333717.

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Giving further details after the arrest, NCS chief revealed: “At about 1145 hours on Aug. 22, at the departure hall gate ’B’ of the MMIA, Abubakar with Passport Number A08333717 from Kano State travelling to Dubai via Emirates flight was intercepted with 2,863 ATM Cards and 4 sim Cards by our officers on duty.

“The ATM cards and sim cards were carefully concealed in a noodles carton by the suspect. The suspect claimed that one Mr Musliu was assigned to him to facilitate his movement through the checks at the airport by one Mr Suleiman but the concealment was revealed due to the due diligence of our Officers who insisted on conducting a physical examination.”

Customs nabs Dubai-bound passenger with 2,886 ATM cards at Lagos airport
Exhibits found with Ishaq Abubakar from Kano (Photo credit: Nigerian Tribune)
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He added that the suspect has been handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for more interrogation.

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On his part, Lagos zonal head of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, said: “We determine whether banks or bankers are involved in this crime. We will investigate and anyone found wanting will be prosecuted alongside the suspect.

“That the ATM cards are of different banks is another conspiracy and that raised a lot of questions that needed to be unravelled.”

Meanwhile, reported that an oil magnate and businessman, Aliyu Abubakar and six others appeared before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday, September 8, over allegation of fraud.

The suspects were re-arraigned in court by the EFCC before Justice I.E. Ekwo on 67 amended charges, bordering on money laundering to the tune of $875,740,000.

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