11.09.2020 at 20h21
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) command at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA) Lagos has arrested and handed over a suspect with 2,886 Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).The Deputy Controller of MMIA Command, Abdulmumin Bako, told journalists on Thursday that four subscriber identification module (SIM) cards were also found with the suspect.
He said that the suspect lshaq Abubakar Abubakar with Passport Number A08333717 from Kano State in northern Nigeria, was intercepted when he was travelling to Dubai via Emirates evacuation flight.
“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 an noodles carton by the suspect.
“The suspect claimed that one Musliu was assigned to him to facilitate his movement through the checks at the airport by one Suleiman but due to the diligence of our Officers who insisted on conducting physical examination, revealed the concealment,” local media reports on Friday quoted Bako as saying.
According to him, the suspect and the items would be handed over to the EFCC for further investigation as directed by the Comptroller-General of Customs.
He said that the suspect claimed that he was due for evacuation and had bought an evacuation flight ticket for his use.