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Nigerians Suspect Terrorism Financing as Customs Again Intercepts Dozens of ATM

The Nigeria Customs Service has announced that they have intercepted dozens of Automated Teller Machine (ATM) debit cards and other suspicious items from two returnees from Dubai, UAE, Sadiq Abubakar and Abdulsalam Umar who arrived Nigeria on Wednesday 16th September 2020 via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, just several days after the Service intercepted thousands of ATM and SIM cards at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The suspects, Sadiq Abubakar and Abdulsalam Umar, arrived the Abuja International Airport aboard the Ethiopian Airline, on Wednesday, and during the routine check on luggage, were caught with 78 active ATM cards, 4,384 memory cards, 20 smart mobile telephones, as well as 62 bluetooth devices.

Comptroller Patience Burromvyat, the Area Comptroller of the Federal Capital Territory Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, said that the suspects were arrested while normal routine examination of goods was being carried out by the personnel of the Service at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

Comptroller Patience Burromvyat, Area Comptroller, FCT Command of the Nigeria Customs Service

Switch Nigeria had reported on the 10th of September 2020 that a Dubai traveler was apprehended with 2,886 ATM cards at the Lagos International Airport.

This latest spate of interception by the Customs has alarmed users of ATM in Nigeria. Also, some citizens are calling for these incidents to be thoroughly investigated to get to the bottom of the strategy. Some Nigerians have started to insinuate that this strategy could be connected to terrorism financing.

One criminologist, Muhyideen Alfa Michael, said that “critical attention [is] needed to be paid to this and a well coordinated intelligence and criminal investigation launched to unravel some hidden motives behind this trend. It might be connected to terrorism financing.”

Picture Credits: Nigeria Customs Broadcasting Network

Source: Nigeria Customs Service

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