Four Members Of An ATM Card Fraud Syndicate Arrested In Enugu

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Four (4) Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Card swapping offenders were captured on May 6 in Emene, Enugu, by police officers assigned to the Hawk Tactical Squad of the Enugu State Command and troops of the Nigerian Air Force Enugu.

The suspects’ names were released in a statement by DSP Daniel Ndukwe, the command’s spokesperson. They were identified as Michael Sopuruchi, 36, Osinachi Godwin, 18, Moses Ani, 29, and Chika Nwoko, 29, all residents of the Emene community in the state.

According to Ndukwe, the suspects were apprehended while attempting to escape to their criminal hideout in Emene, Enugu. They had deceitfully stolen an unsuspecting 63-year-old man’s ATM card and Personal Identification Number (PIN) by pretending to help him withdraw money from a commercial bank ATM along Ogui Road, Enugu.

After obtaining the card and PIN, the suspects swiftly withdrew a total of four hundred and ninety-five thousand Naira (N495,000.00) from the victim’s bank account.

“The suspects have admitted to their involvement in the crime and confessed to carrying out numerous other acts of ATM card swapping and fraud within the Enugu metropolis,” Ndukwe revealed. During their apprehension, four different bank ATM cards, including the victim’s card, were recovered from them.

The suspects were brought before the court on May 23, where the Magistrate ordered their remand in Enugu Custodial Centre. The case has been adjourned to June 7, 2023, for further proceedings, and the case file has been forwarded to the Attorney General for legal advice through the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Ministry of Justice, Enugu State.

Ndukwe further stated that CP Ahmed Ammani, the Commissioner of Police, praised the Joint Operatives for their successful operation and urged bank customers, especially the elderly and those unfamiliar with ATM card usage, to exercise caution. He advised them to seek assistance from bank staff when using their cards at the machines.


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