Nigerian Police Alert ATM Users On New Tactics By Robbers

The Police on Friday [Jul 31] advised members of the public using Automated Teller Machines (ATM) at various banks to be security conscious as some criminals now disguised as customers queuing to withdraw money.

This is contained in a statement on the Nigeria Police Force website exposing the antics of criminals. The statement noted that on July 30, at about 12.10 a.m., a male bank customer went to withdraw money from one of the ATMs at the Central Business District (CBD), Abuja.

It stated that three young men who pretended to have come to withdraw money also were on queue with the plan to attack the man.

"The victim raised an alarm which attracted nearby police patrol team to the scene. The hoodlums took to their heels upon sighting the advancing policemen. One automatic pistol fell from one of the suspects and was recovered by the police and the victim was rescued”.

"However, another male victim was unlucky as hoodlums attacked him and snatched the N50,000 he withdrew from ATMs on July 28. Police responded to his distress call and one of the suspects was arrested. Efforts are on to apprehend other gang members," the statement said.

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