Kastina police command have arrested a 22-years-old Aliyu Abdullahi, of Kasuwar Mata, Funtua Local Government Area of the State for allegedly defrauding an unsuspecting retiree of her gratuity, using her ATM card in the state.
The suspect, said he used part of the stolen money to buy himself a car and a motorcycle while he squandered the rest.
The serial ATM fraudster had in the past been arrested and arraigned in court for the same offence.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP. Isah Gambo, while parading the suspect before newsmen at the police command on Monday said, “Based on a tip-off, the command succeeded in arresting one Aliyu Abdullahi, aged 22 years of Kasuwar Mata, Funtua, Katsina State, a serial ATM fraudster, who specializes in defrauding unsuspecting members of the public through ATM swap.
“In the course of investigation, suspect confessed to have deceitfully swapped the ATM card of one Maryam Sale of Sharar Pipes, Katsina and withdrew all her life time savings, including her gratuity, the sum of one million, eight hundred and forty-six thousand naira (N1,846,000).
“The suspect, in the course of investigation confessed to committing the offence,saying that he bought one “Hennessy motor” at the rate of five hundred thousand naira and one motorcycle TVZ, at the rate of N323,000 naira. However, the sum of one hundred and fifty thousand naira cash was recovered in his possession. Investigation is ongoing,” Gambo said