A man identified as Ishaq Abubakar, A Dubai-bound passenger, has been arrested following 2,886 Automated Teller Machine cards and four Subscriber Identification Module cards concealed inside cartons of noodles and handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC).
Newsnaija learned that the suspect with passport number A08333717 was apprehended by the personnel of the Nigeria Customs Service at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos while traveling to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates on August 22, 2020, via the Emirates evacuation flight.
Abdulmumin Bako, The Deputy Controller, Enforcement, NCS, while handing the suspect to the EFCC during a media briefing in Lagos on Thursday, said Abubakar was arrested at the Departure Hall of the airport.
Bako, who represented A. Ma’aji, the Customs Area Comptroller, said, “Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service at the Departure Hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, on August 22, 2020, intercepted the suspect with 2,886 ATM cards and four SIM cards, which he carefully concealed in packs of noodles.
“The suspect, who claimed to have come from Kano to travel to Dubai aboard the Emirates evacuation flight, was seen with one Mr. Musliu, who was assigned to facilitate his movement through the airport checks, but the diligence of our officers, who insisted on conducting a physical examination, revealed the concealment.”
Abdul-Rasheed Bawa, The Lagos Zonal Head, EFCC, while receiving the suspect, said the Automated Teller Machine cards could be used for money laundering or foreign exchange malpractices, adding that everyone involved in the conspiracy would be apprehended and prosecuted by the commission.
Bawa stated, “On behalf of, Mr. Muhammed Umar, the commission and the acting Chairman, we have taken over Ishaq Abubakar and I can assure you that we are going to probe the matter thoroughly and unmask everybody involved in the syndicate.
He said, “There are possibilities that there is an element of conspiracy, foreign exchange malpractices, and money laundering and indeed, banks and bankers are involved.”