The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is investigating the activities of a 34-year-old man allegedly in possession of 108 ATM cards. Identified as Pascal Onuora Udeh, he is said to have been arrested recently at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). He was arrested during the outward clearance of passengers on a Qatar Airline flight to China.
A press statement in EFCC newsletter says the suspect who claims to be a trader and an undergraduate of NnamdiAzikiwe University, Awka, is a native of Umudimvillage of Obibi, OchasiAto, in Orlulocal government area of Imo State. The suspect alleged that the debit cards were given to him by his business associates to use in China to purchase men’s wears, the statement added.
It revealed that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded. In a related development, the anti-graft agency is set to arraign one Jonathan Odu Isikwei for unlawful possession of 448 traveller’s cheques.
A statement by EFCC said Isikwei, 51, who is a native of Igbodo in Aniocha local government area of Delta State, was arrested at the Lagos airport by the NDLEA during the outward clearance of passengers on a Belgium-bound flight.
The case was transferred to the EFCC for further investigation, where it was discovered that the 448 travellers’ cheques recovered from Isikwei were discovered to purportedly belong to four banks in America, Europe and Canada. All were signed. The suspect, who said he exports dried fish from Nigeria to Belgium, told investigators that he collected the parcel for onward delivery to a friend with no knowledge of the contents.