A 46-year-old suspect, Zakarriyah Yahaya, often known as ”His Excellency”, on Monday revealed how and his gang emptied the financial institution accounts of many Nigerians utilizing misplaced or stolen SIM playing cards
Yahaya, amongst 39 suspects, was paraded for varied crimes at defunct headquarters of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Abuja by the Nigerian police.
He defined that financial institution accounts of many Nigerians receiving alerts have been straightforward to entry by utilizing their account and telephone numbers.
The suspects have been arrested throughout the nation by Force Investigation Bureau of Intelligence Response Team (IRT) led by Tunji Disu, who took over just lately from the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari.
Speaking to journalists, the suspect stated, “My name is Zakarriyah Yahaya; I was born and brought up in Jos. I was arrested last month in Mabushi here in Abuja. I used to reset any SIMs that receive bank alert. I will reset it and steal all the money inside the bank account.
”I do reset it with sufferer’s checking account quantity via financial institution code from the primary to the final quantity. Any financial institution that we get, we first use it to purchase recharge card. From there, they are going to ship us the alert. From the alert, we are going to now get the account quantity.”
He disclosed that they began the job within the final two years and no fewer than eleven members of the gang labored with him. He added they operated in three foremost cities: Kano, Plateau and Abuja.
He stated he couldn’t recall the precise numbers of financial institution accounts they’d stolen from however they’d as soon as eliminated N800,000 from one of many accounts.
In a launch, the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, said that the police recovered two RPG launchers, 13 AK-47 rifles, 4 regionally made pistols, 58 wraps of dynamite, 769 AK-47 stay ammunition, 14 AK-47 magazines, 30 stay cartridges amongst others from the 39 suspects.
“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has reassured citizens that the Force remains committed to ensuring that perpetrators of criminal acts are brought to book and justice served to their victims.
“He enjoined members of the public to be vigilant and promptly report any suspicious act to the Police. He further advised that citizens should exercise necessary caution in the use of their mobile phones, especially those with SIM cards linked to their bank accounts. All the suspects will be charged to court on completion of investigations,” Mba stated.