The NCS command at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos has arrested and handed over a suspect with 2 886 ATM cards to the EFCC.
The Deputy Controller of Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA) Command, Abdulmumin Bako, told journalists on Thursday, 10 September 2020, that four subscriber identification module (SIM) cards were also found with the suspect. Bako said that the suspect, lshaq Abubakar Abubakar, from Kano State in northern Nigeria, was intercepted when he was travelling to Dubai via an Emirates evacuation flight.
“At about 11:45 on Saturday, 22 August 2020, at the departure hall gate B of the MMIA, Abubakar, from Kano State travelling to Dubai via an Emirates flight, was intercepted with 2 886 ATM cards and four SIM cards by our officers on duty. The ATM cards and SIM cards were carefully concealed in a 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,” Bako was quoted as saying by media reports on Friday, 11 September 2020..
According to Bako, the suspect and the items would be handed over to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (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.