An unnamed Dubai-bound passenger was caught on Wednesday at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano with 5,342 ATM cards by the Kano/Jigawa Command of Nigeria Customs Service.
The Customs Area Comptroller, Mr Nasir Ahmed, stated this while handing over the suspect to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, on Wednesday, in Kano.
Ahmed said the suspect was arrested while about to board a Dubai-bound Ethiopian Airlines with the ATM cards concealed in two sacks of beans.
”It can be assumed that the suspect can withdraw up to one million dollars in a day, at the detriment of the national economy.
”We handed over the suspect, his passport, and other travelling documents to the EFCC for further investigations,” Ahmed said.
Commenting on other activities of the service, Ahmed said the command generated over N2.3 billion in September.
He gave the commitment of his Command to check smuggling in his axis, adding that the media has an important role to play in sensitising the public on the negative impact of smuggling on the national economy.
Also speaking, Mr Sanusi Aliyu, the Head of the EFCC Zonal Office comprising Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa, commended the service for effective surveillance to check crimes and financial crime in the airports and other points of entry in the country.
Aliyu said the commission would conduct a thorough investigation.
”Investigation is necessary to establish the reasons behind the acts and other persons involved in the acts.
“The Nigeria Customs Service has been a very good partner of the EFCC in the fight against economic and financial crimes in the country,” he said.