KANO, NIGERIA. Yasir Salihu Abdullahi, arrested at Aminu Kano Airport, with 849 ATM cards on Friday August 4th was also arrested in Dec 2015 with 870 ATM cards and two devices meant for electronic banking transactions at the same airport.
Agents of the presidential taskforce on money laundering and illegal movement of currency nabbed 29-year old Yasir Salihu Abdullahi while planning to board Egypt Air flight to Dubai. It was gathered that the cards comprise 490 GTbank ATMs, 289 Access Bank ATMs, while the rest belong to various Nigerian banks.
Mr Yasir Salihu Abdullahi was handed over to EFCC for further investigation.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has intensified probe of Yasir Salihu Abdullahi arrested in possession of 849 debit cards of different banks in the country.
Spokesman of the commission, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday, identified the suspect as Yasir Salihu Abdullahi.
He confirmed Yasir Salihu Abdullahi was arrested at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, on Friday while preparing to board an Egypt Air plane heading for Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Uwujaren said the anti-graft agency was looking into how the suspect came by the cards popularly known as Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards in Nigeria.
29-year old Yasir Salihu Abdullahi
He said, “The suspect was intercepted after a scan of his luggage by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service revealed the suspicious items.
“The officers then alerted the EFCC’s office in Kano. On arrival, operatives of the commission discovered that he had 490 Guaranty Trust Bank ATM cards, 287 cards of Access Bank, 49 of Eco Bank and 10 of United Bank for Africa (UBA).
“Others are six ATM cards of Stanbic IBTC Bank, four of Zenith Bank, and one each of Sterling Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and First City Monument Bank,“he said.