Court Jails Nigerian 10 Years For Fraudulently Swapping 48 ATM Cards Of Bank Customers

Justice A. A. Bello of the Kaduna State High Court in Northwest Nigeria has convicted and sentenced one Idris Musa, to ten years imprisonment for fraudulently swapping 48 Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards from different bank customers.

Musa was arrested and arraigned before the court on one count bordering on cheating by the operatives of the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC said that Musa’s journey to prison started when he was arrested for swapping ATM cards of unsuspecting victims under the pretence of helping them operate the payment machine.

He was arrested on the premises of an undisclosed bank with 48 ATM cards from different banks in his possession.

The one count against him reads, “You, Idris Musa, sometime in July 2022 in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, dishonestly induced one Idris Ismail by swapping his Zenith Bank ATM card under the guise of helping him withdraw money, an act which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 306(a) of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under Section 307 of the same law”

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him, prompting prosecution counsel, M.U. Gadaka, to pray the court to convict him accordingly.

In his ruling, Justice Bello convicted and sentenced Musa to 10 years imprisonment with the option of a fine of N200,000.