A 29-year-old man identified as Yahaya Saifullahi, was on Tuesday, December 22, arrested by officials of the Nigerian Immigrations Service at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano state.
Vanguard reports that the officials after arresting the suspect discovered 870 ATM cards and two bank internet tokens on him.
Reports say Saifullahi was nabbed aboard an Ethiopia Airways’ Flight No ET 940 with Passport No. A06694052 while on his way to Dubai.
Confirming the arrest to newsmen, Tukur Ibrahim, a member of the presidential task force on money laundering and illegal movement of foreign currency, said the Immigration agents at the airport arrested Saifullahi after he was chosen for security check.
“The suspect lost his composure and psychological make up at that moment and on frisking a total of 870 ATM cards were found on him,” Ibrahim said.
According to him, the suspect hid the ATM cards under his groin, but was discovered. He listed the confiscated ATM cards to include Ecobank, 24; GT Bank, 118; Access Bank, 170; Diamond Bank, 71; Sterling Bank, three; Keystone Bank, nine; Skye Bank 34 as well as UBA Plc, eight.
Tukur further listed the other seized ATM cards to include Wema Bank, three; Zenith Bank, 20; Heritage Bank, 21; Standard Chartered Bank, 10; First Bank, 42; Union Bank, 26; Stanbic IBTC, 30; Unity Bank, 45; Fidelity Bank, 40 and FCMB, 196.
He revealed to journalists that Saifullahi had since been handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation and prosecution.
The arrest might not be unconnected with the federal government continued war against corruption, the anti-graft agency has become very pro-active in its activities lately in a bid to bring to book anyone indicted in fraudulent activities.