atmNational Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, on Saturday arrested a 34 years old university student who possessed 108 automatic teller machine, ATM cards.
The man, who was not named, is suspected to be working for an international criminal organisation. According to the agency, the arrest took place at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA Lagos while the suspect was attempting to board a Qatar Airline flight to China.
A statement signed by its Head of Public Affairs, Ofoyeju Mitchell, said, “The debit cards belong to five commercial banks,” and quoted its commander at the Lagos airport, Mr. Ahmadu Garba, as saying that the suspect was arrested in connection with alleged money laundering.
The agency also added that the suspect was immediately transferred to the Assets and Financial Investigation Directorate of the Agency for investigation.
“First City Monument Bank, FCMB, had the highest number of cards with 58. StanbicIBTC Bank were 23 cards, Zenith Bank 19, Fidelity Bank six and Diamond Bank two.
“Mrs. Victoria Egbase, the Director of Assets and Financial Investigation, said that the agency had established a prima facie case of financial crime against the suspect,’’ it said.
It said that the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, had ordered the transfer of the case to the EFCC for further investigation.
The agency quoted the suspect as saying in his statement that he was asked to take the cards to China.

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