Man tries to escape with 2886 ATM cards and four sim cards.
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, begins investigations of a suspected Nigerian fraudster for hiding 2,886 ATM cards and four Subscriber Identification Module( SIM) cards in noodles packs.
The suspect by name Ishaq Abubakar was arrested and handed over to the EFCC by the Nigeria Customs Service on Thursday.
Mission Failed, Abukakar gets arrested
Abubakar ran out of luck when as he was apprehended by officers of the Customs Service at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
He was arrested on his way to Dubai with 2, 886 Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards and four Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards hid in packs of noodles.
The custom officer, Bako, says:
“The suspect, who claimed to have come from Kano to travel to Dubai aboard the Emirate Evacuation flight.
Later, he 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 reveals he was carrying parks of noodles”.
The Lagos zonal head, AbdulRasheed Bawa, who receives the suspect on behalf of the Commission.
He assured the Service that the Commission would duly investigate the suspect.
And any other party that might be involved in the alleged criminal offence.
In his statement he says:
“ On behalf of the Commission and the acting Chairman, Mr. Muhammed Umar, we have taken over Ishaq.
“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 also stresses the possibility of the suspect being a member of a network, adding that;
“In recent months, we have observe 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 says.
The case is being transferred as the suspect is in for proper investigations.