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Published On: Sat, Feb 1st, 2014

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FRAUD: Nigerian with 107 Citi Bank Cards Arrested at Lagos Airport

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A 36-year old Nigerian (in the photo), with two different international passports, has been arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, with 107 Citi Bank credit cards.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said in a statement on February 1, 2014,Saturday, said the man, identified as Funsho Oladimeji Babatunde, has been arrested with the automated teller machine cards concealed inside a luggage during the outward screening of Turkish Airline passengers to Istanbul, Turkey.

Hamza Umar, NDLEA Commander at the Airport, said that the suspect had two international passports bearing his photographs but with different names.

“He had a Nigerian passport with the name Funsho Oladimeji Babatunde and a Turkish passport with the name Kosar Kursat both bearing his photographs,” Umar said.

From 107 credit cards recovered from his luggage, 68 were Citi Interswitch Master cards, and 39 – Citi Interswitch Visa cards.

The suspect who is a native of Iwo town in Kwara State lives in Surulere Lagos. He is an OND graduate of Economics at the Kwara Polytechnic.

During interrogation he said that his friend from Turkey had called him and asked to bring a consignment cards to Istanbul, Turkey. The suspect further narrated he had collected the cards in Lagos, and put in his bag, before the officer had spotted the cards and took him for interrogation.

The suspect would be transferred to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for further investigation, as the suspect had unlawful possession of 107 credit cards, which are believed to be used for fraudulent purposes, since the arrested man was not an authorised agent.


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