The Katsina State Police Command has arrested a 25-year-old cleaner, Aminu Mustapha, said to be a resident of Magama-Jibia village in the Jibia Local Government Area of the state, who was allegedly found in possession of 103 SIM cards and 13 passport photographs of police officers.
The cleaner who could not give satisfactory accounts of how he came about the items and what he planned to do with them, was arraigned before a Katsina senior magistrate court last Friday for offences which, the police said, was contrary to Section 319(A) of the Penal Code.
Police Prosecutor, Inspector Sani Ado, told the court that the exhibits were found on Mustapha, who is also known as Jega, on April 30. He added that the case was being investigated by the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department.
Hajiya Dikko the judge who passed judgment on the case, directed that the cleaner be remanded in police custody till May 24, 2018 when his case would come up for mention before Senior Magistrate Hajiya Falile Dikko.
This is coming few days after we reported that the Enugu State Police Command arrested two persons using stolen SIM cards to defraud the owners in the state. The Command’s Spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement on Saturday that the two suspects were arrested on May 18.
Amaraizu said that the Police recovered 30 cards of different telecommunication networks, belonging to various victims yet to be identified. He stated that the suspects were arrested by police operative of the Central Police Station, Enugu, who acted on a coordinated intelligence information.
According to the statement, the suspects specialise in using victims’ SIM cards to access their bank details and withdraw their money. The suspects were identified as Abuchi Ogbu, 20 and Christian Mba, 21.
Ogbu is from Ndiagu Akpugo in Nkanu West Local Government Area, resides at 17 New Jerusalem Coal Camp, Enugu, while Mba is from Amechi Idodo in Nkanu East Local Government Area and residing at 23 New Jerusalem Coal Camp, Enugu.
The suspects confessed to operate in three groups; one specialises in stealing phones, takes the SIM cards to Mba, who is a cybercafé operator, to access the BVN and other bank details of their victims and hack into their accounts.
The other group, headed by Ogbu is to generate the PIN code of victims through the information gathered on the SIM cards. The codes are passed to the person, who then accesses the victims’ accounts and withdraws the money.