FCT police arrest couple who specialise in snatching phones and using stolen SIM cards to empty victims’ bank accounts

The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has arrested a 36-year-old mother of two, Bunmi Samuel, and her boyfriend, Nuhu Zaria for theft and fraud using SIM cards.

The FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Haruna Garba, paraded the couple alongside other suspects at the command headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, September 7, 2023.

According to the CP, the couple specialized in snatching mobile phones from innocent commuters and stealing money from the victims’ accounts using bank USSD codes.

“Operatives attached to Durumi Police Division, acting on actionable intelligence, trailed and arrested one Nuhu Zaria ‘m’ who specialises in snatching GSM phones from innocent commuters.

“After snatching phones, he removes the SIM cards and sells the phone then hands over the SIM cards to his girlfriend, one Bunmi Samuel,” the Commissioner stated.

“The girlfriend on her part makes withdrawals of all monies from the accounts that are linked to the SIM cards.

“The police operatives have so far recovered 76 SIM cards, two Opay ATM cards and a golden wrist watch from the suspects,” the CP added.

Speaking to journalists, the female suspect confessed that she had been in the business for over one year.

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