EFCC Nabs Prisons Staff, 5 Others for ATM Fraud

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By: Mayen Etim

 

KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Kaduna Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), have arrested six fraudsters who specialize in defrauding innocent Nigerians by using bank details obtained through sim swaps and Automated Teller Machines, (ATM).

A statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Kaduna, signed by the Commission’s Zonal Office Head, Public Affairs, Zainab Ahmed, said the suspects were arrested in separate operations, sequel to a petition by a customer of Access Bank, alleging that monies were illegally transferred from his account without his authorization.

Some of the recovered items from one of the fraudsters, Urulo Henry.

According to the statement, the suspects include: Urulo Henry, an Inspector with the Enugu Command of Nigerian Correctional Service; Ugonna Owete, Ugonna Obinna, Chigbo Chidiebere, Oha Kingsley, and Ahamefula Izuchukwu.

“According to the petitioner, sometime in February, 2019, he opened an account with Diamond Bank (now Access Bank) which he funded to the tune of N5m and instructed the bank to open a fixed deposit account, with the sum of N1m from the earlier account, as opening balance.

“The complainant said he was receiving regular alerts until the end of March, 2019 when the alerts stopped coming, prompting him to demand his statement of account from the bank.

“Upon receipt of his bank statement, he discovered to his chagrin that the sum of N2,911,480 million had fraudulently been transferred to several accounts between April 5 to 9, 2019 without his authorization.

Other items recovered.

“Upon the receipt of the petition, the zonal office of the Commission immediately swung into action and traced some of the funds to three of the suspects,  Samuel Obinna – N1,500.000; Chigbo Chidiebere -N210,000; and Oha Kingsley N300 000. All three were promptly arrested.

“Further investigation revealed that Ikenna Henry, Nelson Owete (a known criminal who was earlier arrested and paraded by the Enugu State Police Command for crimes bordering on conspiracy and armed robbery) and Ahamefula Izuchukwu were equally complicit in the fraud.

“Upon arrest, items recovered from Urulo Henry included a Toyota Camry, documents of 2 plots of land, 2 Nigeria Housing Fund Passbook (one belonging to him and the other bearing Ani Ochechukwu), 17 ATM cards of different banks bearing different names, 2 Nigerian Correctional Service Identity Cards, 2 smart phones and 2 Nokia phones, 1 NHIS card, 1 voter card, 26 Starter Packs and 15 SIM cards of various networks.

“Two sachets of Cannabis Sativa, 8 ATM cards bearing different names and banks, 6 Starter Packs, and 4 SIM  cards of various networks, One empty ECOWAS Passport, 1 NDA dependant ID card and a voter card were also recovered from Francis Izuchukwu,” the statement reads.

The suspects will soon be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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