Bauchi Police Nab 44-Year-Old Suspected ATM Fraudster

Police in Bauchi have arrested one Michael Joseph, a 44-year-old  Benue man, with 31 Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Cards of different banks suspected to be fraudulently acquired. 

Bauchi State Police Command disclosed this in a statement made available to reporters and signed by its Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Ahmed Wakil. 

Mr Michael was arrested when luck run out for him after attempting to defraud one Salome Aliyude while she was waiting to take her turn in an ATM queue along Yandoka Road in Bauchi metropolis. 

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“While in the ATM queue, the suspect insisted to know the type of ATM card she was using for the transaction. She was not comfortable with his curiosity and quickly reported the suspect to the bank securities. 

“On interrogation, the suspect revealed that he hailed from Benue State but went to Plateau State seeking a job. He has been a bus driver for 3yrs in Jos. 

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“Further investigation revealed that the suspect successfully defrauded eighteen thousand nairas (N18, 000) of his first victim at Access Bank Plc, while the second victim defrauded twenty-five (N25, 000) at Micro Finance Bank, all in Plateau State. As the suspect succeeded at two distinct fraudulent activities, he decided to fly to Bauchi State in a bit to further his fraudulent activities but met his waterloo,” Wakil said. 

The suspect swaps his victims’ ATM cards after learning that the owner could not operate an ATM machine properly by themselves without the support of an expert. 


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