Police Foil Alleged N1.05m ATM Theft

Ekpo Okemini, Umuahia

The police in Abia State have foiled an alleged attempt by a said notorious fraudster to withdraw over N1.05m from an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in one of the old generation banks in Umuahia.

The State Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade disclosed this during his weekly press briefing when 25 suspected criminals were paraded at the state Command Headquarters along Bende Road, in the state capital, Umuahia.

He said that 13 different ATM card belonging to different customers and commercial banks were recovered from the suspect during a search in his residence.

According to him, the police also foiled an armed robbery attack at a branch of another bank along Asa Road in Aba the commercial nerve centre of the city following a tip-off.

“The hoodlums fled the scene and abandoned a BMW X5 Jeep with Reg No KUJ 657 BL earlier reported snatched from its owner along Judge’s Road, Aba,” said the police chief.

According to Oyebade, the suspects fired several short at the ATM, but nothing was removed, adding that investigation has commenced into the matter with a view to arresting the culprits.

He also explained that the suspects, who had either been apprehended at the scene of the crime or through conduct of intense and extensive investigations by his men and officers, had all confessed to the crimes.

Oyebade announced that within the period under review, the command had recorded various achievements through the implementation of its identified crime fighting strategies.

He said the achievements include recovery of fire arms, arrests of armed robbery suspects, fraudsters, kidnappers, burglary suspects, recovery of suspected stolen items, and smashing of car snatching syndicates.