A 23 year-old graduate of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi in Benue State, Ondavey Weize has been apprehended by the police for being in possession of over 60 Automated Teller Machine, ATM cards.
Weize was arrested in Calabar over the weekend while trying to swap one of the cards in his possession with that of another person in the premises of a new generation bank on Calabar Road, Cross River State and in of possession of N258,000.
While parading the suspect, Titilayo Busari, Cross River State Police Commissioner said Weize came into Calabar two weeks ago from Abuja and has succeeded in swapping the ATM cards of many people and withdrawn money from their account.
In his confessional statement Weize said “Some of those cards are not valid but many of them are valid. What I do is I monitor people making withdrawals in ATM and I go close to them and pretend to help and when I notice the persons Personal Identification Number, PIN number I would memorise it and while the person is counting his money, I will swap his ATM card with an invalid one and later use it to make withdrawals from his account.”
Weize, who hails from Vandeikyia in Benue State also disclosed that he had employed the aforementioned method to withdraw several millions of naira from people’s account.
On how he got into the criminal act, Weize said he was introduced into the business by a friend of his from Ondo State, whom he met in Abuja.