Dubai-bound Ishaq arrested with 2,886 ATM cards concealed in Noodles

File photo: A man identified as Abubakar Ishaq arrested with 2,866 ATM Cards in August
A man identified as Abubakar Ishaq arrested with 2,886 ATM Cards

The Nigeria Customs has arrested a Dubai-bound Nigerian, Abubakar Ishaq at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, with 2,886 ATM cards, concealed in noodles.

Ishaq also had on him four Subscriber Identification Module( SIM) cards.

The suspect was arrested on 22 August. He was billed to board an Emirates evacuation flight to Dubai.

He was handed to the Lagos Zone of the EFCC today by the Deputy Comptroller, Enforcement, Abudulmumuni Bako.

Some of the ATM cards handed over to EFCC by Customs

Bako told the EFCC, how the suspect was interdicted:

“Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service at the Departure Hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, on August 22, 2020, intercepted the suspect with 2, 886 ATM cards and four SIM cards, which he carefully concealed in parks of Noodles.”

Bako, who represented the Customs Area Comptroller, A. Ma’aji, added that “The suspect, who claimed to have come from Kano to travel to Dubai aboard the Emirate Evacuation flight , was seen with someone who was assigned to facilitate his movement through the airport checks.

“This raised the suspicion of the officers who insisted he should be physically and thoroughly checked after the scan machine had revealed he was carrying parks of noodles”, he said.

The Lagos zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said it has commenced investigations.

The Lagos zonal head, AbdulRasheed Bawa, who received the suspect on behalf of the Commission, assured the Customs Service that the Commission would duly investigate the suspect and any other party that might be involved in the alleged criminal offence.

“On behalf of the Commission and the acting Chairman, Mr. Muhammed Umar, we have taken over Ishaq. I can assure you that we are going to investigate the matter thoroughly and unveil everybody involved in the syndicate.

“There are a number of possibilities. There is an element of conspiracy, foreign exchange (FOREX) malpractices and money laundering.

“Indeed, banks and bankers are definitely involved. “

Bawa also emphasized the possibility of the suspect being a member of a network.

“In recent months, we have observed a trend in which unsuspecting Nigerians are lured into opening accounts to be bought at a fee.

“Most bankers are not carrying out their duties with due diligence, particularly the Know Your Customers, KYC, procedural check”, he said.


  1. Nigeria has a huge problem. When a country has a president who doesn’t know what he is doing.

    How could progress ever be possible when you are being led by someone who knows nothing about leadership.

    With Buhari in power, the Fulani herdsmen killers have annoyingly become above the law and killing Nigerians with impunity and committing all manner of financial malfeasance knowing that even if they were arrested, they would be released.

    What a prejudiced ruler. Undoubtedly the most clueless and ethnic leaning President Nigeria ever had. With Buhari in power, Nigeria is heading to the Golgotha and lalready in a dungeon.

    What a situation. I take a stroll. Nonsense.

  2. It’s only the Nigeria government that can change the mindset of the Nigerian youths from committing crimes at every turn. The other day when one country claimed that there’s no single Nigerian in its prison I laughed because definitely I know that there are some. I am aware of two of them that were arrested for drug dealing along with one of the country’s popular musicians. I am aware too of another one who forced his wife who is a native of the country to sleep overnight in a coffin. The woman reported to the police and he was sentenced to jail by the court.
    Coronavirus is creating economic disruption all over the world but the Nigeria government has decided to increase both electricity supply and petroleum prices, among others.
    Most of the problems in the country like frauds, robberies and kidnappings are definitely avoidable IF the government make things easier for the citizens, especially the youths.

    • The cost of improving/changing the criminal life style and especially the mindset of the is minimal in comparison with the huge costs associated with combating crimes in a country. Hence, it would have been far better for the Nigeria government to stop increasing the electricity tariff and fuel prices. Reduce school fees, make potable water available every where in the country so as to attract youths to rural areas to engage in agriculture. Improve the situation of roads and healthcare services…
      Restructuring that could have inevitably led to development has not been given the much needed attention it deserves.
      The judicial system too is crying for reform, if the country wants to get out of the woods.

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