A 42-year-old man was arrested by the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) with 656 ATM cards linked to nine banks in Ghana and Nigeria.
Bachir Musa Aminou, a Nigerian with a Nigerien passport, hid the cards in a black plastic bag carrying kola nuts heading for Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
On September 12, he was apprehended at the Kotoka International Airport while going through departure procedures en route to Dubai. On August 20, this year, he came in the country on his way to Dubai.
The suspect arrived in Ghana on April 29, 2020, and traveled to Dubai through Ethiopia on May 26, 2020. The ATM cards are linked to a local bank as well as eight other Nigerian-owned banks across the country.
During interrogation, Aminou claimed ownership of 132 of the cards, claiming that he obtained them from his extended family for his business. The rest of the cards, he explained, were for his Dubai business associates.
He claimed to be a businessman who worked in Dubai, China, Nigeria, and Ghana, and denied any involvement to criminal activity.
The cards will be handed over to the Bank of Ghana (BoG) for further examination today. Aminou also had $12,000 and a list of the various PIN numbers for some of the ATM cards in his possession.
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source: Graphic online