Police Arrest Petrol Station Attendants For Conniving With ATM Fraudsters In Abuja

Police Arrest Petrol Station Attendants For Conniving With ATM Fraudsters In Abuja

The Police Command in Abuja have arrested four filling station
attendants and their manager for allegedly conniving with suspected
fraudsters who stole an Automated Teller Machine card belonging to one
Alhaji Usman Ahmadu and withdrew N950,000 from his account.  

The suspected fraudsters are Ernest Mensah, 23, a Ghanaian, who
claimed to have been born in Anambra State; Obiuwevbi Ogheneovo, 23; and
Urunmatsoma Hendrix, 21, explained that they swapped Ahmadu’s card with
a fake card when he approached Mensah for assistance at an ATM point in
Gwarimpa, Abuja, on March 29.

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Parading the suspects and others for various crimes at the FCT Police
Command on Tuesday, the Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, explained
that Ahmadu complained to the police that his card got stuck in the ATM,
adding that around  1.30am on March 30, he received a debit alert of
N950,000. Ciroma stated that upon receiving the complaint, police
detectives with the cooperation of the bank officials identified and
arrested the suspects.

He said, “The suspects, who admitted to the crime, stated that on
that fateful day, the victim, who went to withdraw money at the ATM was
finding it difficult to do so.

“He then asked them for assistance and in the process, they swapped
his card with their own fake card. On how they got his PIN, they said
the gang leader stood directly behind the victim and since the card was
fake, he had to enter the pin several times.

“They then moved to the filling station on the Kubwa Expressway,
where they have an accomplice by name Henry, who used POS to transfer
the money into their account and remitted cash equivalent to the
company.”

The CP stated that the filling station attendants, Henry Elvis, 34;
Taiwo Aderinto, 36; Solomon Ojuola, 35; Mary Igoh,26; and the station
manager, Elizabeth Okeagu, 43, were also arrested for allegedly
assisting the suspected fraudsters to withdraw the N950,000.

Mensah told journalists that he swapped Ahmadu’s ATM card with the
fake one, adding that he enlisted the support of one of the filling
station attendants to withdraw money through the station’s POS.

“She transferred the N950,000 from the account to NNPC’s account and
gave me cash. I tipped her N5,000 for assisting me,” he said, adding
that he had similarly stolen three ATM cards belonging to unsuspecting
bank customers.

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