A Dubai-bound passenger arrested yesterday with 2,886 ATM cards handed over to EFCC



A Dubai – bound passenger , Ishaq Abubakar , has been handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission following his arrest with 2 , 886 Automated Teller Machine cards and four Subscriber Identification Module cards concealed inside cartons of noodles .

Reports learnt that suspect with passport number A08333717 was arrested by the personnel of the Nigeria Customs Service at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport , Lagos , while travelling to Dubai , United Arab Emirates on August 22 , 2020, via the Emirates evacuation flight.

The Deputy Controller, Enforcement , NCS , Abdulmumin Bako, 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 the Customs Area Comptroller, A . Ma ’ aji , 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 . ”


The Lagos Zonal Head , EFCC, AbdulRasheed Bawa , while receiving the suspect, said the ATM cards could be used for money laundering or foreign exchange malpractices , adding that everyone involved in the conspiracy would be arrested and prosecuted by the commission .

He stated , “ On behalf of the commission and the acting Chairman , Mr Muhammed Umar , we have taken over Ishaq Abubakar and I can assure you that we are going to investigate the matter thoroughly and unveil everybody involved in the syndicate .

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“ There are several possibilities ; there is an element of conspiracy, foreign exchange malpractices and money laundering and indeed , banks and bankers are involved . ”

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