FATIMA Abdullahi Ahamad
Suspect was arrested in possession of 22 ATM cards of different banks in Kano State
For the second time in two days Kano police Command’s Spokesman, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa unveiled Wednesday Another fraudster that specialises in defrauding bank customers using various pretexts has been arrested in Kano in possession of 22 ATM cards.
This is after the command paraded a 24 year old female suspect Osasi Chinozom Juliet two days ago who was arrested with 17 ATM cards.
In this new development, Wednesday, The suspect Gaddafi Jibrin 33 year old of of Tudun Maliki, Zoo road, Kano vociferate that “Our syndicate used to swap ATM Cards and withdraw money from victim’s bank account within Kano Metropolis: Suspect confesses”
Kiyawa revealed that the police while on intelligence-led patrol along IBB way Bata Kano, intercepted the suspect.He was found in possession of 22 ATM Cards from different banks.
After his arrest, a victim Kabiru Ado, complained that the suspect and his two gang members approached him while seeking assistance to operate an ATM, deceitfully collected and changed his ATM Cards, while his accomplices fled with his Stanbic IBTC Bank ATM Card in their Operational Car, Peugeot 206 model which was recovered by the police.
The suspect on interrogation confessed to the crime. He further confessed that, they use the 206 Peugeot car to visit ATM points within Kano Metropolis adding that his syndicate members specialized in swapping ATM Cards by intimidating customers at ATM points, disguising under the pretext of assisting them to operate the machine.
The syndicate have ATM cards from almost all the banks operating in Kano State making it easy for them to swap the ATMs.
He claimed to have withdrawn money from many people’s accounts after swapping their ATM Cards.
Discreet investigation revealed that the syndicate specialized in intimidating, deceiving, swapping the ATM cards of victims, and withdrawing money from their bank accounts.
The commissioner of Police Shu’aibu Dikko warned that rigorous patrol, raids of criminal hideouts and black spots will continue throughout the State, as the Command will sustain the ongoing “Operation Puff Adder” that is yielding positive results.