The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Makurdi Zonal Office said it has arrested a suspected money transfer fraudster, one Ikechukwu Sunday Onovo in Benue state.
The Zonal Head of Public Affairs, Nwayinma Okeanu who confirmed the arrest to newsmen in Makurdi, said
Onovo, 32, who was arrested at one of the new generation Banks in Otukpo, Benue State was currently in EFCC custody.
According to her, Onovo, is an indigene of Nkanu-west Local Government of Enugu State, but resides in Makurdi, Benue State.
She explained that Onovo’s method included going to Benue State University, BSU, Gate to report to the security that he lost his ATM card.
“The unwary security men would then hand over the pack of lost but found ATM cards of students to him to check if his own was among. And he would steal some of the cards.
“With the stolen cards, Onovo would hang around ATM points to offer help to people who have problems operating the machine and in the process, deliberately give his victim the stolen card and take his or her own. He will later go back to withdraw all his victim’s money,” she said.
According to the EFCC, Onovo disclosed that he had made more than N1 million through the fraud.
He also disclosed that there were so many other young men into the crime, who were operating in different locations in the country.
At the point of his arrest, the EFCC recovered two ATM cards (Diamond and FCMB), N15,000, ring, necklace and bracelets from him.
“The alleged fraudster is still in custody helping operatives in their investigations before arraignment. He will soon be charged to court,” Okeanu added.