The Commissioner of Police Delta State CP Ari Muhammed Ali FCIA, PSC(+) while urging members of the public to be law abiding, advised that they learn from the cases regularly reported by the command and also for them to be vigilant when making use of their Automated Teller Machine (ATM)cards and ensure that only uniform bank staff be allowed to assist them when the need arises.
This follows after the Delta State Police Command nabbed a certain Ojo Amos ‘m’ aged 38yrs of Agbara- Otor, Ughelli North LGA who is said to be a specialist in stealing ATM cards from unsuspecting victims.
Police Public Relations Officer,DSP Bright Edafe disclosed in a statement that about 1300hrs on Tuesday,2nd November 2021, upon a tip-off that the suspect was seen in a POS Stand located beside First bank Ozoro branch.
“The DPO Ozoro Division detailed operatives who swung into action in conjunction with the chairman Olotu vigilante in Ozoro. They were deployed to the scene and arrested the suspect Ojo Amos ‘m’, thirty- three (33) ATM cards and a cash sum of Fifty thousand Naira(#50,000) were recovered from him”.
“Suspect confessed that he stole one of the cards from one Rufai Abdulahi at zenith bank, Kwale branch and left immediately. He said he later withdrew the sum of two hundred and fifty thousand naira (#250,000) from the victim’s account”.
After series of investigations,it was revealed that the suspect usually stays behind his victims at the ATM machine waiting and targeting people who he feels are not too educated, old women/children and once he notice that they are having problem operating the ATM machine, he moves closer to them pretending to be a bank staff trying to help them and in the process he swaps the ATM card.
Ojo,the said suspect also confessed that he watches them as they enter their ATM pins, memorizes it and after swapping the ATM cards, he uses either a POS stand or ATM machine to empty their bank accounts. He said he has been doing this for the past four years.