Two students of the Benue State University have been arrested by the Niger State Police Command after they attempted to dupe a lady in the State.
The suspects, Aver Wese 31 and Godwin Deor 30, from Obudu, Cross River State ànd Ankpa Kogi State respectively, were arrested after they attempted to swap a female victim’s ATM card at a commercial bank ATM gallery in Suleja.
The Niger State Police Public Relations Officer, Wasiu Abiodun made this known on Monday in a statement in which he stated that the duo were undergoing further investigation.
The statement partly read, “On 16/11/2023 at about 0950hrs, Police operatives attached to Suleja Area Command arrested two suspects at Old Nepa roundabout, Suleja after they attempted to swap a female victim’s ATM card at a commercial bank ATM gallery in Suleja.
“The victim discovered the attempt and raised an alarm, while the suspects immediately entered a Toyota Corolla vehicle with Reg. No. YAB 267 CW and zoomed off from the scene.
“Consequently, the Police patrol team was alerted and trailed the vehicle. The vehicle was intercepted at Old Nepa roundabout, Suleja and the two suspects were arrested, while the driver one David Therma abandoned the vehicle and escaped.
“During interrogation, the suspects confessed that both of them came from Lokoja and met David at Zuba in Abuja, who was said to have taken the vehicle from an Uber driver in Abuja.
“They narrated further that the trio moved to a commercial bank in Suleja, where they met the female victim who was having difficulties in operating an ATM.
“The suspects spied on her PIN and offered to help her as the machine could not dispense, but in the process, the card was ejected and they attempted to swap her ATM card, she noticed the act and raised an alarm.
“The suspects claimed that they were graduates of Educational Technology from Benue State University, and that they had been carrying out such nefarious activities for the past five months, which they withdrew about #170,000 from other victims’ accounts in Nasarawa State, about #90,000 was withdrawn through victims’ cards in Lokoja and the similar attempt in Suleja was not successful.”
The police said they recovered the following exhibits from the suspects; “A Toyota Corolla vehicle with Reg. No. YAB 267 CW, Nine ATM cards, One POS machine and One flash drive” while efforts were ongoing to apprehend the fleeing David Therma.