The National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) has busted a 42-year-old man with 656 ATM cards connected to nine banks operating in Ghana and Nigeria.
Self acclaimed business man, Bachir Musa Aminou, who claims to be a Nigerian but holds a Nigerien passport, obfuscated the cards in a black plastic bag containing kola nuts bound for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
He was busted at the Kotoka International Airport on September 12, when he was going through departure formalities route to Dubai. However, the cards are to be submitted to the Bank of Ghana (BoG) today, Monday, 20th September for further investigations.
The ATM cards are connected to a local bank and eight other banks in the country with Nigerian origin.
Aminou claimed, during interrogation, that 132 of the cards were his, and that he collected them from his extended family for his business.
He added the rest of the cards were for his business partners in Dubai.
He emphatically state that he was a businessman who plied his trade in Dubai, China, Nigeria and Ghana and denied any links to fraudulent activities.
More details about the suspect revealed that, he first arrived in Ghana on April 29, 2020 and left for Dubai on May 26, 2020 through Ethiopia.
Aside the cards, Aminou also had in his possession $12,000 and a long list of the various PIN numbers of some of the ATM cards.
ATM fraud has been a major challenge for the financial sector. It has also contributed to the high lost in our financial sector.
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