The Niger State Police Command has detained two suspects for allegedly being in possession of nine ATM cards switched from victims in Nasarawa and Kogi states.

The suspects were detained on Thursday at the Old NEPA roundabout in Suleja, according to the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Abiodun Wasiu. They had allegedly been trying to switch a woman’s ATM card at a commercial bank’s ATM gallery.

Aver Wese, 31, from Obudu, Cross-Rivers State, and Godwin Deor, 30, from Ankpa, Kogi State, are among the accused.

According to a police spokesman, the woman spotted the attempted theft and called the police, while the perpetrators fled in a Toyota Corolla bearing the license plate number YAB 267 CW.

He claims that the police patrol team was tipped off and followed the car till they were intercepted at the Old NEPA roundabout in Suleja.

Two of the suspects were apprehended, but the driver, identified as David Therma, fled on foot.

Abiodun added that the suspects admitted to meeting David Therma, who is claimed to have stolen the car from an Uber driver in Abuja, when they were being questioned.

The suspects told reporters that they had been involved in the criminal enterprise for the previous five months and that they had degrees in Educational Technology from Benue State University.

They stated, “We withdrew about N170,000 from other victims’ accounts in Nasarawa State; about N90,000 was withdrawn through victims’ cards in Lokoja and we tried similar attempt in Suleja which was not successful.”

A Toyota Corolla with the license plate number YAB 267 CW, nine ATM cards, a point-of-sale terminal, and a flash drive were all found on the suspects.

The police spokesman noted that the suspects are currently undergoing additional investigation at SCID Minna, and efforts are ongoing to apprehend the fleeing David Therma.

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