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Police Operatives Nab Suspected ATM Card Swap Fraudster, Recovers Gang’s Operational Tricycle, 9 ATM Cards

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…As Enugu CP Applauds Law-abiding Citizens for their Assistance

Police Operatives attached to New Haven Police Division of Enugu State Command, on 16/04/21 at about 0900hrs arrested one Chukwudi Chukwu aged  25, of Nwofe Village in Izzi L.G.A. of Ebonyi State, at Chime Avenue, Enugu.

His arrest led to the recovery of a yellow-coloured Bajaj Tricycle with registration number: ENU 677 WW, him and gang used for the operation, and nine (9) ATM Cards of different banks.

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The Police Public Relations Officer, Enugu State Command, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, in a statement disclosed that “the suspect, whose arrest was due to a swift response to a distress call and his rescue from an angry mob by the Operatives, is alleged to have fraudulently swapped a victim’s UBA ATM Card, after offering to assist process her transaction on another bank’s ATM, with the intention of defrauding her.

“He confessed to the crime as well as being a member of the syndicate that is specialized in unsuspectingly swapping ATM Cards of their victims at Banks’ ATMs with non-functional Cards, which they use to fraudulently obtain funds from their accounts”, the police spokesman he said.

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Meanwhile, the police noted that “intense discreet investigation is ongoing to arrest and bring to book, other members of the criminal syndicate, including the suspect’s accomplices who escaped on the said date.

“To this end, the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, has applauded the peace-loving citizens of the State for their assistance in the fight against criminals and their activities.

“He, however, pleads with all and sundry to quickly submit arrested criminals to the Police for proper investigation and prosecution, rather than indulge in mob actions that are tantamount to jungle justice”, the police warned.

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Comrade James Ezema is a veteran journalist and media consultant. He is a political strategist. He can be reached on +2348035823617 via call or WhatsApp.

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