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Court sentences 3 persons over possession of 1,144 ATM cards

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A Kano State High Court presided over by Justice Jamilu Shehu has convicted and sentenced three ATM cards smugglers to six months imprisonment each on three separate charges.

The suspects Abdullahi Usman, Musa Abubakar and Abdulwahid Auwalu were arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) between November 24 and December 1, 2021.

Upon their arrest, it was discovered that Musa Abubakar, who was on his way to Dubai (UAE) had concealed 714 ATM cards while Abdullahi Usman was heading to Saudi Arabia and had in his possession 298 ATM cards.

Abdulwahid on the other hand was arrested with 132 ATM cards while trying to board Ethiopian Airlines to Istanbul, Turkey.

The defendants pleaded guilty to their separate charges when read to them, and the counsel for the prosecution, Barrister Usman Shehu, asked the court to convict them accordingly.

After listening to the plea for mercy from the defence counsel, Barrister A.M Bashir, Justice Shehu convicted the defendants and sentenced them to six months imprisonment each with an option of N50,000 fine.

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