Man Hides 2,863 ATM Cards inside Noodles, Arrested at Lagos Airport as EFCC Takes Action

Man Hides 2,863 ATM Cards inside Noodles, Arrested at Lagos Airport as EFCC Takes Action

  • More than a year after his arrest, the EFCC has dragged Ishaq Abubakar, a suspected cyber fraudster, to court
  • Abubakar was caught with 2,863 Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards which he hid in parks of noodles at the Lagos airport
  • After pleading not guilty to the charges against him, the court granted Abubakar bail but ordered that he be remanded in prison pending the perfection of the bail conditions

Ikoyi, Lagos state - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned one Ishaq Abubakar at the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi on 11 counts bordering on cybercrimes.

The anti-graft agency made this known in a statement released on its official Facebook page on Wednesday, December 8.

Ishaq Abubakar: EFCC Arrests Man Who Hid 2,863 ATM Cards inside Noodles
Ishaq Abubakar arraigned by the EFCC after hiding 2,863 ATM cards inside packs of noodles. Photo credit: Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
Source: Facebook

Recall that the suspect was arrested by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Saturday, August 22, 2020, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on his way to Dubai.

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Abubakar was found with 2,863 Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards and four Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards carefully concealed in packs of noodles. He was subsequently handed over to the EFCC.

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Suspects plead not guilty

Upon his arraignment, Abubakar pleaded “not guilty” to the charges when they were read to him.

Following his plea, the EFCC through its counsel asked that the defendants be remanded in a correctional centre.

However, the defence counsel informed the court of a pending application for bail for the defendant.

The court eventually granted Abubakar bail in the sum of N50 million with two sureties in like sum, who must swear to an affidavit of means.

The suspect was also ordered to submit his travel documents to the court.

The court ordered the defendant to be remanded in the correctional centre in Ikoyi, pending the fulfillment of his bail conditions.

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The case was subsequently adjourned till Friday, February 18, 2022, for the commencement of trial.

Nigerians react on Facebook

Tanko H Adamu said:

"There is no doubt that EFCC under the leadership of this young man is doing well in dealing with smaller Yahoo boys. What about the bigger ones that stole Nigeria to its skeleton."

Amb Alam Kyriel said:

"One case that can led to recovery of millions of Dollars if indept investigation is carried out."

Sunday Ajeibi said:

"Please turn your attention to Benue state because I want to see politician and contractors pay for setting our state backward."

EFCC nabs 3 suspects smuggling 1,144 ATM cards at Nigerian airport

In a related development, Abdullahi Usman, Musa Abubakar and Abdulwahid Auwalu have been arrested by operatives of the EFCC in Kano state.

The three suspects were nabbed at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) while attempting to smuggle 1,144 Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards out of the country.

Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesperson for the anti-graft agency said the suspects were arrested between November 24 and December 1.


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