The Police Public Relations Officer of the Niger State Command, Wasiu Abiodun, has announced that men of the command attached to Suleja Area Command has arrested two suspects in the area: Aver Wese, 31, and Godwin Deor, 30, who specialises in swapping Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards and withdrawing their unsuspecting victim's money.
He claimed that after attempting to exchange a female victim's ATM card at a commercial bank's ATM gallery in the town, the suspects were apprehended at the Old NEPA Roundabout in Suleja.
Abiodun said: “The victim discovered the attempt and raised an alarm while the suspects immediately entered a Toyota Corolla vehicle with Reg. No. YAB 267 CW and zoomed off from the scene.”
“Consequently, the police patrol team was alerted and trailed the vehicle. It was intercepted at Old NEPA Roundabout, Suleja and the two suspects were arrested, while the driver, one David Therma, abandoned the vehicle and escaped,” he added.
According to Abiodun, the suspects admitted under questioning that: “both of them came from Lokoja and met David at Zuba in Abuja, who had taken the vehicle used for the operation from an Uber driver in Abuja.
“They narrated further that the trio moved to a commercial bank in Suleja, where they met the female victim who was having difficulties in operating an ATM, the suspects spied on her PIN and offered to help her as the machine could not dispense, but in the process, the card was ejected and they attempted to swap her ATM card, she noticed the act and raised an alarm”.
The suspects declared themselves to be Benue State University graduates with degrees in educational technology, and they had been engaged in these kinds of illicit operations for the previous five months.