Nigeria's anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested three suspects at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano while attempting to smuggle 1,144 Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards out of the country.
The suspects were identified as Abdullahi Usman, Musa Abubakar and Abdulwahid Auwalu.
They trio were arrested between November 24 and December 1, 2021 by state zonal command of the agency.
Spokesperson for the agency, Wilson Uwajaren said the suspects would soon be charged to court.
He said Abubakar was found with 714 ATM cards while Usman had 298 ATM cards with him.
Abubakar was going to UAE while Usman was going to Saudi Arabia.
The third suspect, Abdulwahid, was found with 132 ATM cards while trying to go to Istanbul, Turkey via Ethiopian Airlines.
In a related development, a Federal High Court in Ibadan, Oyo State, presided over by Justice Uche Agomoh on Thursday convicted and sentenced two internet fraudsters, Ogunrinde Olugbenga Akanbi and Olusegun Akinwunmi Eyinade to ten months and three months in prison respectively, on separate charges bordering on fraudulent impersonation.
The charge against Ogunrinde reads: “That you, Ogunrinde Olugbenga Akanbi “M” on or about the 11th day of February, 2021 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court fraudulently impersonated one Iga Swiatek, a female Tennis player from Warsaw, Poland via your Facebook account with Gmail address- [email protected], with intent to gain monetary advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(i) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under section 22(2)(b) of the same Act."